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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 12 May 2021) . . Page.. 1352 ..


I maintain ongoing engagement with key peak bodies, including the Canberra Business Chamber, Canberra Women in Business and the Australian hospitality association, who together represent a broad member base. I greatly value their counsel and appreciate the time the leaders of these organisations give me on a regular basis. As we continue this phase, we will hold further workshops, roundtables, meetings and focus groups.

By the end of the discovery phase, we will have a catalogue of issues drawn from stakeholder engagement. The ACT government will use stakeholder input and ideas to develop options for reform. This phase will ensure we recommend and implement changes that bring about real positive change for business. Of course, as I have already mentioned, we have been solving problems throughout the discovery phase; if there is a quick solution to a problem facing businesses, the task force is solving it then and there.

In phase 2, the task force will consolidate, assess and analyse issues identified through its engagement to develop a reform program. This will set forward a comprehensive regulatory reform program for delivery this term of government. The work program will be business led, business informed and business ready. The task force is committed to listening and to responding.

The final phase, the implementation phase, will occur over two parts. The first will involve reforms that can be actioned immediately—these are happening as I have outlined; we are proactively fixing issues on the move—while the second will focus on complex reforms and systemic change, long-term structural change to support economic activity of business in our jurisdiction.

The reforms will achieve benefits for business, community and government. The task force will make the interaction between government and business better, faster and simpler. The task force is addressing the ACT government rules, regulations, processes, information and support available for businesses, especially small businesses. The Better Regulation Taskforce demonstrates that this government, when it talks about better regulation and helping business prosper, gets on and does it. I present the following paper:

Better Regulation Taskforce—Ministerial statement, 12 May 2021

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (11.46): As the shadow minister for business and as a former small business owner, Minister Cheyne’s statement about her Better Regulation Taskforce has left me flabbergasted—so much waffle by an old and tired government that has been in power for more than 20 years but still does not get small business and is completely out of touch.

Minister Cheyne declares in her statement that one of the task force’s first and most critical task has been talking to business about how to talk to business. I will say it


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