Page 1361 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 April 2013
My colleague, Minister Corbell, has announced the elimination of rego stickers for motor vehicles. The Fix my Red Tape website is now live and active providing a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week reporting mechanism for business. There will be further announcements in relation to red tape reduction in coming weeks. As I say, the focus of the task force moves now into work with the club sector.
I met with the Real Estate Institute this week in relation to particular issues that they would like to see progressed and that I am very happy to support. And I understand that Universities Australia have recently made some comment. I think the issues that they have raised predominantly go to other state and territory governments but it is my intention to write to the vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra to continue our strong working relationship with the university and continue to ensure that it is appropriately regulated.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, how many times has the panel met since being established and can you provide a written list of legislation and regulations that have been removed or identified to be removed?
MR BARR: I believe four or five times, with another meeting scheduled for next week. There have been a variety of individual consultations that task force members have held that would take the number of meetings with industry stakeholders well beyond a dozen.
Yes, there is a program for legislative reform. It is my intention to have one bill per Assembly sitting session. So in autumn and spring there will be a red tape reduction bill that will seek to amend a number of pieces of legislation. It will become a rolling process of reform and we will continue our work. I am pleased that, after many months of disinterest, those opposite are now interested in the process.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you tell us how ACT industry has responded to the introduction of the red tape reduction panel?
Mr Hanson: I bet they love it!
MR BARR: It has been very positive, in spite of the cynical observations of those opposite. The Canberra Business Council, the chamber of commerce and the small business associations, COSBOA, who are all represented on the task force, are very supportive of the reform process. ClubsACT have written to the government seeking to be involved.
Mr Coe: I’m glad Jeff’s on board!
MR BARR: I am very pleased that we will be able to begin some particular work with the clubs sector. Again, I am surprised at the level of cynicism and narky