PUBLICATIONS

8 October 2016

Red Tape Hampers Resources Recovery For Miners

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a possible market recovery, and unleashing the potential benefits of a second mining boom, can only begin by cutting the layers of red tape sitting between miners and the resources they seek to extract. Australia’s has a red tape problem. Recent research
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Code Red
1 October 2016

Code Red

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body’s ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must be amended so that only matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship are permitted in EBAs. This would not restrict the ability of unions
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How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs
1 October 2016

How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project. Since the introduction of the EPBC Act in 2000, major projects have spent approximately 7,500 cumulative days, or 20 years, in court
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22 September 2016

Federal Spending A Dangerous Drug Of Dependence

While the deal struck last week between the government and opposition to get $6.3 billion of savings over four years through the Parliament is welcome, it is still just treating the symptoms rather than tackling the disease. In fact it is the expectation that Canberra must be involved in tackling every problem and managing every program, with the assumption that
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17 September 2016

How To Defuse The Authoritarian Populist Timebomb

It is no foregone conclusion that simply giving government more power and money will fix income inequality. Adam Smith once wryly said “there is a great deal of ruin in a nation”, and many would argue this statement is aptly represented in the reemergence of an anti‑immigration, anti‑trade populism mainly on the right, but also from the far left, in
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16 September 2016

Submission On Exposure Draft Of Superannuation Legislation

Superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and the role of government. Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five Australians do not have enough savings to fully fund their retirement. Yet rather than identify new ways to encourage all Australians to put more
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14 September 2016

WA Labor’s Uranium Ban Sells The State Short

According to WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations’. Yet if elected WA Labor will also ban new uranium mines and refuse to complete approvals processes for mines that are already underway. So much for freeing business from red tape. The prospect of a Labor victory next March is
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13 September 2016

Banning Political Donations Is Banning Freedom

In the wake of the Chinese ­donation scandal engulfing “Shanghai” Sam Dastyari, more than a few politicians have ­massively overreacted by calling for bans on all political donations from not only foreign sources, but companies and unions too. Tony Abbott last week advocated such a ban: “We need to look long and hard at restricting donations to real people on
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9 September 2016

The Turnbull Government Backs An Unprincipled Purpose Of Super

On Wednesday the Turnbull government released draft legislation to bring some of its superannuation promises into law. These changes are not the whole policy – we are told that some of the most contentious parts will be legislated in the future. But in many ways this legislation is even more significant than the policy of how superannuation should be taxed.
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8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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