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“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

Minor Party Voters Support Cutting Red Tape

A new Essential Research poll has shown that minor party voters believe that Australia is over-regulated. While across all Australian voters, 33 per cent think we have too much regulation, for minor party voters the response is much higher at 52 per cent. In comparison, 33 per cent of Labor voters, 31 per cent of [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Charities Burdened By Red Tape

Australian charities are being obstructed by red tape because of inconsistency and duplication between state and federal regulators. Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, called for charity regulation to be standardised between state and federal governments: "There is real momentum among state governments and stakeholders to reform and streamline regulations for Australia's charities and not-for-profit organisations [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Common Sense Prevails On Cameco Project

The government of Western Australia has opted to conditionally approve Cameco’s uranium mining project in Yeelirrie despite opposition from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA previously declined to support the project on the grounds that it might compromise the habitat of stygofauna, also known as ‘microscopic desert prawns’, which are creatures 0.3mm in length [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

New Premier Endorses Red Tape Reduction

On her very first day in office, newly-appointed Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, has spoken in favour of cutting red tape. Ms. Berejiklian stated: “There is opportunity for us to reduce that waste and duplication and move forward.” “I have some strong ideas about what I would like to see happen.” The IPA welcomes the [...]

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

Property Council Calls For Red Tape Reduction

The Property Council of Australia (PCA) has voiced its support for the NSW state government’s plan to amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) to streamline the approval process for new housing projects, but has called for the reforms to go further in order to increase supply and reduce prices. PCA NSW [...]

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

Victorian Farmers Concerned About Red Tape Increase

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has once again spoken out against proposed state government reforms which would increase red tape, following on from their criticism last October. VFF President David Jochinke stated: “We have argued for a simplified process for managing native vegetation across the state, providing a model that farmers can understand and work towards”. [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Young Family’s Aspiration Held Hostage By Red Tape

Plans to develop a prominent farm in the Kimberley region of Western Australia have been significantly delayed because of red tape. In 2014, the Western Australian Government selected Matt and Melanie Gray to develop a portion of land in the Ord Valley, with the couple already owning a farm adjacent to the area. Despite being [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Gender Regulation Defaming Businesses

Self-storage businessman, Sam Kennard, has spoken out against intrusive and unnecessary regulation. Mr. Kennard’s business was publicly listed by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) after it failed to submit a “gender equality indicators” report. Defending the reputation of his business, Mr. Kennard stated: “My company does not discriminate for race, age, sex or religion,”. [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Trump Presidency Shows Promise For Red Tape Reduction

Red tape reform could be on the agenda in the US following the election of Donald Trump. Trump made red tape reduction a key part of his economic plan during the campaign, repeatedly speaking of the damage over-regulation was doing to American businesses. Trump made a number of statements throughout the election, including: “The government [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments