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Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry
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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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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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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Ten Red Tape Initiatives For The Next Australian Government
20 June 2016

Ten Red Tape Initiatives For The Next Australian Government

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only solution. However, both sides of federal politics are yet to make a clear comprehensive commitment to cut red tape. In this short paper we
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The Red Tape State
1 May 2016

The Red Tape State

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the federal regulatory system. It is estimated that 444 government bodies established by the Rudd and Gillard governments continue to exist, and 198
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The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity
1 May 2016

The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form of paperwork, labour retraining and other compliance burdens, the costs of delaying production, and the diversion away from more entrepreneurial
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So Now You Have Bought An Emissions Trading Scheme
5 February 2016

So Now You Have Bought An Emissions Trading Scheme

What is it? The emissions trading scheme, or ‘Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme’, is a ‘cap and trade’ system. This requires firms to obtain a government ‘permit’ if they emit greenhouse gases. The government caps the level of emissions by restricting the number of permits available. The government plans to progressively reduce the pool of permits made available each year-intensifying the
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Australia’s Big Government, By The Numbers
15 May 2013

Australia’s Big Government, By The Numbers

A paper providing the most comprehensive historical estimates of the size of government in Australia. Download document
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The Growth Of Australia’s Regulatory State: Ideology, Accountability And The Mega-Regulators
1 January 2008

The Growth Of Australia’s Regulatory State: Ideology, Accountability And The Mega-Regulators

Regulation is a political activity. It sets the framework for the market economy by defining the boundaries between private action and government action. Yet those boundaries are not fixed. Australian governments are growing the body of regulation – and the resources dedicated to regulating – at an ever increasing pace. This growth in regulation has more than just economic consequences.
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