Victoria is introducing a $2 Uber tax and more red tape on progress

“Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers,” said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian government announced that it would establish a single commercial vehicle registration system that would apply to commercial passenger vehicles, taxis, hire cars and – importantly [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Good news! Queensland chooses farmers over red tape

“It’s fantastic that common sense prevailed and the Queensland parliament put farmers ahead of red tape,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. The Palaszczuk government’s proposed changes to native vegetation would have prevented high-value agricultural land from being developed, made farmers potentially liable for following the mistaken advice of bureaucrats, [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Red tape holding back indigenous economic development

“The Palaszczuk Government should listen to the concerns of indigenous leaders and abandon its changes to native vegetation laws,” says Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The changes, to be debated in the Queensland parliament on Wednesday, remove land clearing permits for high-value agricultural development from Queensland's [...]

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

Attack on farmers and miners by green group bizarre and revealing

In radical but revealing comments published today, influential green group the Australian Conservation Foundation said: “To improve economic ­opportunity in remote Australia we have to start thinking outside the marginal and unimaginative industries of last century — big cattle, big agriculture and big mining — which are in fact the greatest threat to the area’s [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Ride sharing needs less red tape, not more

“Victoria should not regulate ride-sharing – it should remove red tape and let ride-sharing services flourish,” said Aaron lane, Legal Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday, submissions closed for the inquiry into ride sourcing services being conducted by the Economics and Infrastructure Committee of the Victorian Parliament. In December [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Have red tape reduction efforts worked? New evidence suggests not

New research shows that rising red tape costs and regulatory governance problems pose a threat to the competitiveness of Australian business, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. It has been ten years since the Howard Government’s landmark 2006 Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business Inquiry. In the years since [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

IPA urges Minister Frydenberg to stay the course on anti-lawfare legislation

‘Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg should make repealing Section 487 of the EPBC Act a priority,’ said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Recent comments by Minister Frydenberg, reported by the Courier Mail on 28 July, suggests the Government may not re-introduce legislation that would [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Red tape review welcome, but more to be done

“The recently announced Small Business Regulation Review is an overdue and welcome initiative by the Victorian Government to cut the red tape that is strangling the Victorian economy,” says Evan Mulholland from the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. This announcement follows the tabling of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office audit ‘Reducing [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

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