Opinion

Red Tape Is Strangling Australia’s Primary Resources Industries
15 August 2016

Red Tape Is Strangling Australia’s Primary Resources Industries

The Palaszczuk government’s proposed changes to native vegetation laws demonstrate how Australia’s economic growth and prosperity is being held back by red tape. Changes to native vegetation laws introduced by the Newman government in 2013 encouraged agricultural production by allowing land clearing on private property according to requirements outlined in self assessable codes. These codes specify in great detail how
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ABS Census Farce Reminds Us Statistics Are The ‘Eyes Of The Bureaucrat’
12 August 2016

ABS Census Farce Reminds Us Statistics Are The ‘Eyes Of The Bureaucrat’

In 1961, Murray Rothbard, the most important libertarian economist of the 20th century, wrote about the evils of government statistics. “Statistics are the eyes and ears of the bureaucrat, the politician, the socialistic reformer. Only by statistics can they know, or at least have any idea about, what is going on in the economy … How could the government impose
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As A Rule, Bureaucracy Is Smothering Agriculture
10 August 2016

As A Rule, Bureaucracy Is Smothering Agriculture

The Productivity Commission’s call to slash red tape across the agricultural sector is exactly what our farmers need. The recently released draft report highlighted the breathtaking array of complex, duplicative and often inconsistent red-tape requirements that hold our agricultural sector back. Farmers are best suited to farming; not filling out forms, complying with archaic rules and battling distant regulators. The
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3 August 2016

Cutting Red Tape That Binds Mining

To secure Queensland’s mining future, cutting onerous red tape must be a key reform priority. Given the outlook for economic development in China, India and other developing countries, mining is likely to remain a Queensland mainstay in the years and decades to come. Although renewable energies have a place in future world energy supply, the fact is millionsin the world
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Local Farmers, Not Distant Regulators, Are Best Placed To Protect Our Environment
2 August 2016

Local Farmers, Not Distant Regulators, Are Best Placed To Protect Our Environment

Toobeah farmer John Norman’s nightmare experience with red tape and excessive bureaucracy illustrates an issue many farmers face. It shouldn’t have taken Mr Norman long to prolong a natural event that occurred on his property following a flood event. Water just needed to be added to the natural flow from his farm. But Mr Norman ended up spending six weeks
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31 July 2016

Cut Green And Red Tape To Drive More Growth In Farming Sector

The release of the new Productivity Commission draft report into the regulation of agriculture confirms that Tasmanian farmers are shackled by costly and unnecessary red tape. The report covered many issues – from the growth of strict environmental laws and rules inhibiting foreign investment to regulation of shipping – and should be used as a ready guide for where governments
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Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails
28 July 2016

Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails

Reporting of Andrew Leigh’s reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his salary by $40,000. This is particularly a shame because Leigh is the author of a policy where Labor and a free market think tank like the Institute of Public Affairs can rightly see eye to eye. During
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What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?
26 July 2016

What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?

Word is that all Labor MPs have to be a member of a trade union. It is surprising then that Andrew Leigh’s union haven’t been knocking on Bill Shorten’s door. Perhaps they are planning a picket for the first day of parliament. Andrew Leigh has just had to accept a $40,000 pay cut while remaining in the Labor shadow cabinet
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25 July 2016

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 is the latest example of
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22 July 2016

Now Not The Time To Retreat From Health Reform

The politically effective Mediscare campaign is a powerful reminder of Australia’s growing reluctance to pursue health sector reform. With the 2016 federal election result favouring the Turnbull government, the policy wonks are now busily absorbing the ramifications of a long, exhausting campaign for political supremacy. But one thing was made crystal clear even before election night: reforming healthcare is difficult,
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