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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . .

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To enable a smooth transition from being a corporation to being part of a directorate, the repeal bill includes a number of consequential amendments to the Financial Management Act 1996, the Financial Management Regulation 2005 and the Taxation (Government Business Enterprises) Regulation 2003.

This government is committed to regulatory reform. I have been committed to this process for some time, and this repeal bill is in line with the work that we are undertaking and continue to undertake to remove outdated and unnecessary legislation. This should have been done five years ago but I am pleased it will be done now, and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 5 June 2014, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.19): Aren't we living the life of red tape reduction here in the ACT Assembly, with a rash now of bills delivered this morning? One of course was the bill just tabled by the Minister for Health, the Chief Minister, which in fact will get rid of red tape they put on last year. It is kind of the red tape hokey-pokey: we put some red tape on and we take the red tape off, and then we say, "Aren't we good? We've got rid of red tape." It is just sensational. I loved the speech:

These amendments build on a range of government actions to reduce red tape to support efficient and effective regulatory outcomes and reduce the burden on community organisations.

That is what they said when they introduced the bill. The community organisations said, "This is putting red tape on us. This is making it harder for us to operate. Won't you listen to us?" And what did the government say? "No, we won't." And here we have the outcome. I can imagine that the Chief Minister thought she was being heckled during the delivery of her speech. It is kind of ludicrous to say that it is an initiative to reduce red tape—tape that you have put there in the first place.

Of course, then we had the Deputy Chief Minister introducing the Exhibition Park Corporation Repeal Bill, and also getting rid of red tape and legislation. There is just a plethora of bills now, Madam Deputy Speaker. You may think I am making light of this. Well, yes I am, because it is a joke.

We will be supporting the Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill that we are debating this morning. That is not to say that we believe this government is solving red tape in our city; rather, I think this bill is a better measure than doing


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