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The rash of red tape is spreading like a disease

Originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph The crippling effects of red tape on the economy are unfortunately not restricted to the NSW housing sector. As chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape, I have so far introduced three interim reports – on the sale, supply and taxation of alcohol; the sale and use [...]

By | November 10th, 2017|Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Decentralising The Protection Of Australian Threatened Species

With business creation and investment in Australia in precipitous decline, it is critical that all levels of Australian government undertake reforms to reduce red tape to achieve minimum best practice regulation. Environmental law in Australia has not only been expanding but also becoming more centralised. The delays that stem from this red tape create uncertainty, [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Reports|0 Comments

Council Agricultural Scheme Will Hurt Farmers

A regional NSW local government has put forth a proposal which, despite aiming to help farmers, would actually make them worse off. Wollondilly Shire Council is considering the implementation of an “Agricultural Enterprise Credit Scheme” (AEC). This involves the creation of nominal credits, which are awarded to farmers according to their productivity. Developers are then [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Submission To The Senate Red Tape Inquiry Into Environmental Assessments And Approvals

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth, but with little to show for it. Business investment is declining, and wages growth and new business start-ups are at record lows, while public debt and underemployment are at record highs. Red tape is the central factor contributing to this economic malaise. The IPA calculated that [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Submissions|0 Comments

Bureaucracy Shuts Down Child’s Cake Stall

A nine-year-old girl in Logan City Council, Queensland, has been forced to give up her wish to run a homemade cake stall because of exorbitant overregulation from state and local governments. The young entrepreneur, Tara McVeigh, planned to sell baked goods including cupcakes, cookies and brownies at a local market. She was hoping to earn some [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Abolish Airline Cabotage Restrictions

Australia’s airline cabotage laws are outdated and contrary to the interests of consumers. The term ‘cabotage’ is typically used in the context of airline and shipping industries, and refers to the right to transport passengers or goods from one point to another within a single country. Cabotage laws place restrictions on this practice, usually reserving [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Charities Take A Stand Against Red Tape

More than 100 not-for-profit organisations have formed a coalition in an effort to fix the sector’s burdensome and inefficient regulatory system. In an open letter to both state and federal governments, the coalition stated: “The loss in productivity involved for the thousands of charities who try to meet the requirements of the seven different fundraising [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Agriculture Burdened By “Crippling” Red Tape

A new submission by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has found that Victorian agriculture is being held back by excessive regulation. VCCI chief executive, Mark Stone, stated that the industry is overdue for red tape reduction: “Governments tend to overlook the fact farmers have a large burden of red-tape regulation applied to them." "And [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

South Australia Moves To Cut Red Tape

The South Australian government will hold its second annual Simplify Day in August this year, for the purpose of “cutting unnecessary red tape and removing outdated and redundant legislation.” The government is seeking input from business and the community, with particular emphasis on “transport, consumer and business affairs, and agriculture.” Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

“Back in Business: Queensland Reforms Trading Hours”

The oppressive nature of trading hours’ restrictions on Queensland businesses has long been known. However, state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has recognised the need for reforming these archaic laws. Regulating trading hours reduces the capacity of businesses to meet the demand of consumers, lessening their purchasing flexibility and choice. In a state where there are 99 [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments