How To Cut Red Tape And Save Billions Lost On Regulation

After years of government red tape reduction programs that have failed to halt the explosion of regulation, it’s time for a radical new approach. Here are five principles the government should follow to dramatically reduce the burden of overregulation currently costing the Australian economy $176 billion a year: eliminate the need for approvals and replace [...]

By | June 8th, 2018|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

McManus Plan For Red Tape On Jobs Would Leave More Australians In The Unemployment Queues

The policies proposed by ACTU Secretary Sally McManus at the National Press Club today are part a radical union recruitment drive that would leave more Australians in the unemployment queues, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The union movement will turn the clock back, and saddle Australians with an old-fashioned, [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|Media releases, Opinion pieces, Red Tape Monitor|0 Comments

How British Columbia Defeated Red Tape – And How We Can Too

Gideon Rozner explains how British Columbia deregulated its way to a better economy and higher individual wages, and how Australia could do the same https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvyIwra1qWA&feature=youtu.be

By | March 20th, 2018|Blog, Opinion pieces, Red Tape Monitor|0 Comments

The Turnbull Government Is Punishing The Poor

American lawyer and politician Gideon J Tucker once observed that ‘no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session’. Given the ceaseless rapacity of Australian governments, one could say that truer words have rarely been spoken. We therefore should be grateful the Prime Minister has decided to delay parliament by a [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Think Long And Hard Before Banning Short Stays

As in so many industries, the so-called “sharing economy” has brought seismic change to the tourism market. The rise of platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz has seen a massive expansion in short-stay accommodation, offering guests everything from a blow-up mattress in somebody’s living room to a 10-bedroom holiday house. Consumers have been the biggest [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

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

Why We’ll Get More Red Tape And Interference Under Re-elected ALP

More red tape, bureaucratic interference, and confiscation of private land is on the cards under a re-elected Palaszczuk government. The Palaszczuk government has committed to re-introducing native vegetation regulations, which were rejected by the Queensland Parliament last year. Those changes would reverse the Newman government’s policy that allows farmers to clear high value agricultural land [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Drive productivity through innovation

When digesting the Productivity Commission report into the regulation of agriculture, policymakers should redouble efforts to drive productivity growth through innovation. Specifically, reform efforts should centre on cutting red tape holding back new technologies. Agribusiness is fundamentally a global game. Every year in Australia some 275,000 employees export around two-thirds of their produce to the [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Tape tangle

CUTTING red-tape by adding red-tape: failed ecological central planning continues as the NSW government changes its native vegetation laws. Under proposed changes agricultural land would be demarcated according to risk to biodiversity. Development would be allowed in ‘lower-risk’ areas, but bound up in ‘higher-risk’ areas. Development on higher-risk areas would need to be offset by [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Red tape strangling opportunity

AUSTRALIA is supposed to be the land of the fair go. When someone wants to take on a new challenge, most of us cheer them on. This spirit is one of the things that makes Australia so great. But the decision by the Baird government on Wednesday to retain red-tape barriers to becoming a hairdresser [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|Opinion pieces|0 Comments