Too much red tape could keep drones grounded (The Weekly Times)

From spraying pastures to collecting crop data, drones are set to revolutionise Australian agriculture. However, despite this enormous pot­ential, calls for more regulation threaten to keep drones firmly on the ground. The application of drones in agriculture alone is estimated to be worth an enormous $32 billion globally. How can Australian regulators make sure we … Continue reading Too much red tape could keep drones grounded (The Weekly Times)

Drone regulations stifle business and innovation with new technology (The Australian)

The Senate committee examining Australian drone regulations has had just one public hearing and is months away from its December reporting date. Nevertheless, last week they wrote to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, strongly encouraging immediate action and “strengthened regulation” for drone technology. Calls for more red tape and restrictions on drones … Continue reading Drone regulations stifle business and innovation with new technology (The Australian)

Why the proposed tree laws are the worst kind of red tape (Queensland Country Life)

  The proposed vegetation clearing laws are red tape halting economic growth, suppressing entrepreneurship, and damaging our international competitiveness. The Palaszczuk government wants to plug supposed loopholes in vegetation management law. Their plugs, however, focus solely on conserving the environment. What is completely ignored is a viable future for Queensland’s agricultural sector. Chopping and changing … Continue reading Why the proposed tree laws are the worst kind of red tape (Queensland Country Life)

Taxi license compensation sends the wrong message (Herald Sun)

Lines of taxi drivers crawled across the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne on Monday. Their protest wasn’t over pay, conditions or safety. It was over the size of their consumer-funded compensation handout as Victoria legalises Uber. The transition from ageing taxis to innovators like Uber is inevitable and has forced governments to reconsider their cosy relationship … Continue reading Taxi license compensation sends the wrong message (Herald Sun)

Red tape hampers resources recovery for miners (The West Australian)

  The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a possible market recovery, and unleashing the potential benefits of a second mining boom, can only begin by cutting the layers of red tape sitting between miners and the resources they seek to extract. Australia’s has … Continue reading Red tape hampers resources recovery for miners (The West Australian)

Cut red and green tape to drive more growth in farming sector (Hobart Mercury)

THE release of the new Productivity Commission draft report into the regulation of agriculture confirms that Tasmanian farmers are shackled by costly and unnecessary red tape. The report covered many issues — from the growth of strict environmental laws and rules inhibiting foreign investment to regulation of shipping — and should be used as a … Continue reading Cut red and green tape to drive more growth in farming sector (Hobart Mercury)

Red tape the big hurdle for the mining industry (The West Australian)

This week the Mining Business Outlook 2016 by Newport Consulting outlined the challenges and opportunities facing 50 of Australia’s most prominent mining leaders. The report demonstrated beyond a doubt that cutting unnecessary red tape on mining is essential if governments are concerned about the future growth and prosperity of Western Australia. A quarter of respondents … Continue reading Red tape the big hurdle for the mining industry (The West Australian)

Let’s get rid of this suffocating bureaucracy (The Weekly Times)

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Times. POLITICIANS often claim Australia can be “the food bowl of Asia”. Why, then, do they keep wrapping our farmers in red tape? The Federal Government recently released its yearly score card of changes in the costs of regulation it imposes, the annual red tape reduction report. A … Continue reading Let’s get rid of this suffocating bureaucracy (The Weekly Times)

New laws will impact Sydney apartment sizes (Sydney Morning Herald)

  Sydneysiders are now even more restricted in what size they may build their own apartments, given the latest minimum apartment size restrictions, laid down by the NSW Land and Environment Court last month. They will only stifle innovation and increase already ballooning house prices. The controversial April 9 court decision deemed the current established rule of … Continue reading New laws will impact Sydney apartment sizes (Sydney Morning Herald)

What is a taxi? Regulation and the sharing economy (OECD Insights)

  The ‘sharing economy’ has emerged because new technologies such as the internet have drastically reduced transaction costs. Embracing these developments, budding young entrepreneurs have launched businesses that help individuals exchange resources. Examples such as the ride-sharing Uber and the accommodation-sharing Airbnb are making exchange more efficient by helping to coordinate information about mutually beneficial transactions. These businesses make money … Continue reading What is a taxi? Regulation and the sharing economy (OECD Insights)