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Agricultural red tape cut in WA

The state government of Western Australia is streamlining agricultural regulation, reducing burdensome requirements on growers. Areas of reform include aerial spraying, with the government simplifying the licensing process and eliminating inefficient administrative provisions. Agriculture and Food Minister, Mark Lewis, stated: “The proposal to change from a licencing system to one that recognises spraying certifications and [...]

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

Red tape leads to an uncertain future for the ACT

A new Sensis survey has found that business confidence in the ACT has sharply declined, with one in five businesses reporting being worried about the future. In addition to falling sales, red tape was identified as a key contributor to the increased uncertainty. Despite this, the survey found that the ACT Barr Government is perceived [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Vic Government forcing more red tape on farmers

The Victorian state government is moving to implement 37 recommendations from the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC). The AIAC was created by the Andrews Government in 2015 to conduct a year-long review of the state’s planning processes. The purpose of the reforms is to provide greater clarity and consistency in Victoria’s planning regulatory system, with [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Medical red tape nightmare

GP Dr Aniello Iannuzzi writes a guest blog on an array of media red tape. Just as the nausea from the “Mediscare” election propaganda appeared in abeyance, we have once again seen doctor-bashing come to the fore. Despite bulk-billing rates being at record highs, according to the narrative of the chattering classes, the greedy doctors are [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Red tape strangling media industry

Chairman of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, Tony Shepherd, has called for reform of Australia’s media laws. Mr. Shepard made the case that Australian media is over-regulated: “There are regulations giving Canberra a say in what must be spent on TV drama, or how media companies may and may not earn revenue. There [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

New MP becomes instant red tape champion with maiden speech

Newly elected MP for the electorate of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, has called for red tape reform in his maiden speech. Mr. Evans voiced particular concern for the effects of red tape on small business: “If decision-makers do not properly comprehend the needs and the potential of small business, or if they think first and foremost [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Government must address red tape in mining

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, has announced a series of government investments to promote the growth of the mining industry. Canavan stated that the “peak of mining investment is over” as a result of falling commodity prices, job losses, and some mining companies experiencing debt issues. Canavan spoke optimistically about the future [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Regulator Acknowledges Need For Less Regulation

The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) has endorsed reducing red tape in Australia’s aviation industry. This recommendation comes in response to industry accusations that regulatory complexity is contributing to the sector’s decline. The regulator’s stance was prompted by the recent publication of data by industry advocacy group, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). The [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Activists telling porkies

Australia’s pork industry has spoken out against red tape. In response to the Productivity Commission’s draft report into agricultural red tape, Australian Pork Limited CEO, Andrew Spencer, has criticised regulatory complexity for failing to prevent attacks on the industry by animal rights activists. Mr. Spencer stated that: 'We have many farms, pig farmers, either living [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Ridiculous environmental red tape stops job creating uranium mine

WA’s Environmental Protection Authority has struck again. Plans for one of the nation’s biggest uranium mines were recently overturned because of the threat they may pose to 11 species of ‘stygofauna’. Apparently the state’s remaining 2,669 species will not suffice. Don’t know what stygofauna are? Neither did we. Apparently they are minuscule groundwater-dwelling creatures which [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments