New research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs details the enormous growth in environmental law from 1971 to 2016.
The research paper by IPA research fellow Morgan Begg shows that Federal environmental departments administered 57 pages of legislation in 1971. In 2016 that number was 4,669 pages of legislation.
“The massive growth in federal environmental law places a significant burden on the economy,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the IPA.
“The ability of investors to get major projects off the ground is threatened by red tape that constricts growth and puts jobs creation at risk.”
“Analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs has shown that red tape costs Australia $176 billion in foregone economic output.”
“The government must look at ways to address Australia’s red tape problem,” said Mr Breheny.
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