Regulation

Plastic Bags And The Nuisance State
30 June 2018

Plastic Bags And The Nuisance State

The lives of ordinary people have been made worse by the elimination of plastic bags in supermarkets – achieved by legislation in most states and by the corporate virtue-signalling led by the ever-diminishing duopoly of Coles and Woolworth. This impact, you must understand, is not a side-effect or something taken into consideration during the pursuit of a broader policy objective;
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29 June 2018

A Class Divide That’s Too Wide

Sometimes political parties create their own narratives, and sometimes those narratives are created for them. Right at the moment Bill Shorten’s Labor Party is doing a good job at creating the Coalition government’s narrative. This week’s announcement by the Labor Party that if it wins government the reductions in the corporate tax rate for companies with a turnover of more
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The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing
15 June 2018

The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing is government regulation of the conditions under which someone can legally practice an occupation. The requirements can relate to education attainment, experience, personal character, residency, and payment of membership fees to professional industry bodies. In Australia, many occupations require a license to legally operate, including doctors, lawyers, electricians, hair dressers, weed controllers, and driving instructors. Occupational licensing imposes
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How To Cut Red Tape And Save Billions Lost On Regulation
8 June 2018

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 this with an inspection and
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Three Steps To Reducing Red Tape For Farmers
12 April 2018

Three Steps To Reducing Red Tape For Farmers

Red tape is destroying farming communities, yet the best the Turnbull government can do is launch another review. At end of March, the government announced it would undertake a review into the red tape imposed on farmers by federal environmental regulation. But this review, like most others, will end up providing a massive pay day for the bureaucrats who run
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How British Columbia Defeated Red Tape – And How We Can Too
20 March 2018

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
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Red Tape Costs Billions, So Let’s Black-list It
5 January 2018

Red Tape Costs Billions, So Let’s Black-list It

The government should make 2018 the year to rid us of burdensome, silly regulations. As Coalition MPs enjoy the summer respite after a tumultuous year in politics, Malcolm Turnbull is gearing up to reset the national agenda with a focus on economic prosperity. To that end, the Prime Minister should put red tape reduction at the top of his list
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The Turnbull Government Is Punishing The Poor
30 November 2017

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 week, giving the people a
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Think Long And Hard Before Banning Short Stays
28 November 2017

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 winners from this digital revolution
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Why Proposed ‘Reforms’ To Consumer Leases Are Just More Red Tape
21 November 2017

Why Proposed ‘Reforms’ To Consumer Leases Are Just More Red Tape

New research by the Institute of Public Affairs explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to consumer lease regulation would amount to unnecessary red tape. The rental of household goods and appliances is an industry worth an estimated $596 million. Like all financial services providers, lessors are required to abide by responsible lending practices under existing consumer credit law. There
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