Productivity Commission Draft Report into agricultural red tape welcome

“Australian agriculture is worth over $50 billion each year to this country, but it is shackled by unnecessary and burdensome red tape,” said IPA research fellow Darcy Allen. These comments come after the release today of the Productivity Commission Draft Report into the Regulation of Agriculture. “Around two thirds of agricultural production is exported each [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

NSW Government’s Investment Scheme to reduce prisoner re-incarceration a good idea

“The NSW Government’s proposed social impact investment scheme could reduce re-incarceration numbers, crime and the financial costs associated with jail. The scheme could also improve the chances of prisoners finding work and becoming self-sufficient upon re-entry” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The NSW government [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Miners identify red tape as major development roadblock

A new survey of Australian mining industry sentiment indicates that red tape remains one of the major obstacles to mining growth and development, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Newport Consulting Mining Business Outlook 2016-17 survey showed nearly 1 in 4 of industry leaders interviewed said government needs to [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

10 ways for politicians to cut red tape

“The Australian economy is shackled by red tape, and our politicians must respond to it if they want growth in our economy,” says Darcy Allen, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA has released today a paper outlining ten red tape initiatives for the next Australian government. [...]

By | June 21st, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Labor’s Environmental Plan Will Worsen Green Tape On Business

The plan announced by the federal Labor opposition for Canberra to take over environmental approvals threatens to worsen Australia’s regulatory burden, according to free market think tank Institute of Public Affairs. “The proposal to water down the existing ‘one stop shop’ environmental approval process is effectively a Canberra takeover of project approvals, especially for larger [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments


Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the latest Productivity Commission report urging governments to ease red tape barriers against new digital platforms and technologies. “New innovative business models relying on digital platforms, such as Uber and Airbnb, are increasingly becoming a regular part of everyday Australians’ daily lives,” said IPA Senior [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments


“Labor’s policy to force a quota on apprentices for Commonwealth funded infrastructure projects is another example of harmful red tape,” says Evan Mulholland from the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. Last year’s Australian Infrastructure audit has found that demand on many key urban road and rail corridors is already projected to [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Labor’s trade red tape policy a tiny step in the right direction

“Labor’s commitment to reduce red tape in their trade policy is a welcome development, but it raises more questions than answers,” says Evan Mulholland, spokesperson for free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. Today Labor announced their trade policy, which makes commitment to remove red tape barriers on rules of origin in trade [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Labor’s Childcare Policy A Red Tape Nightmare

“Labor’s childcare policy fails to address the most critical roadblock to affordable childcare – regulation and red tape,” said Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Labor’s childcare policy, which was announced over the weekend, includes mandatory fee reporting, giving the ACCC powers to monitor and report [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Seafood labelling means higher prices and more red tape

"The New South Wales government's plan to impose country of origin labels on seafood in restaurants will harm competition, raise prices and add to Australia's $176 billion annual cost of red tape," said Daniel Wild, research fellow for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Last week NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant announced [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments