Big or small red tape hurts us all

September 19, 2019

Businesses are the backbone of our nation, employing 11 million of the 13 million people working in Australia. Businesses create jobs, ship Australian products and services around the world, embrace innovation and breathe life into our towns and cities.

So, why are we holding back our businesses with excessive, unnecessary and out-of-date regulations?

Excessive red tape slows down businesses and services which means we all pay more and have fewer choices.

Red tape costs the economy about $176 billion every year which is over $19,000 to the average household.

There’s a better way.

Smarter regulations can protect us and what we value, encourage competition and create opportunities. With better regulations, small and large businesses can invest more, employ more Australians and deliver the best products and services.

Let’s keep Australia competitive by making it easier to do business.

The Government is taking a look at the red tape problem and we want to contribute to that process by finding some of the worst examples of unnecessary regulation.

 

Visit our campaign website at www.RedTapeHurtsUsAll.com.au

Businesses are the backbone of our nation, employing 11 million of the 13 million people working in Australia. Businesses create jobs, ship Australian products and services around the world, embrace innovation and breathe life into our towns and cities.

So, why are we holding back our businesses with excessive, unnecessary and out-of-date regulations?

Excessive red tape slows down businesses and services which means we all pay more and have fewer choices.

Red tape costs the economy about $176 billion every year which is over $19,000 to the average household.

There’s a better way.

Smarter regulations can protect us and what we value, encourage competition and create opportunities. With better regulations, small and large businesses can invest more, employ more Australians and deliver the best products and services.

Let’s keep Australia competitive by making it easier to do business.

The Government is taking a look at the red tape problem and we want to contribute to that process by finding some of the worst examples of unnecessary regulation.

 

Visit our campaign website at www.RedTapeHurtsUsAll.com.au

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    To do list:
    • By Christmas, the state borders are open and there are clear national protocols in place for arrivals and departures, quarantining, local containment, and digital tracking and tracing
    • Careful and gradual reopening of international borders with priority given to:
      • returning Australians
      • international students, signalling to them we will be open for term one next year subject to agreed protocols for quarantining
      • targeted skilled visas for high demand workers to support business growth in Australia
    • Targeted visas aligned to the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce
    • Establish a nationally consistent, risk-based approach to quarantine
    • Establish a process to identify and begin negotiating safe travel corridors with low risk countries

    State border closures have seen passenger numbers on Australia’s busiest air routes plummet 91 per cent since March, crippling the aviation sector and causing harmful knock-on effects in tourism and hospitality.

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    The economic fallout from the shutdown of domestic aviation over the past seven months is $17 billion and $61 billion for international flights.
    More than 34,000 people nationwide have been affected by job losses and furloughed positions. The fallout includes widespread job losses across the aviation sector including airlines, airports, catering, ground handling and transport services.

    We can’t afford to be left behind and miss out on opportunities to establish safe travel corridors with other low-risk countries who have also managed the virus well.

    Passenger aircraft carry much more than people.

    International aviation generates about $100 billion a year in export revenue and supports about 515,000 jobs across the country.

    Putting a nationally agreed plan in place for international travel will allow us to ramp up this critical sector once we get the green light. This is not a temporary problem for Australia. If we fail to begin carefully reopening, we will miss out.

    Support the campaign to get Australia moving by emailing your local members of parliament today.

    Authorised by J. Clark for the Business Council of Australia of 120 Collins St, Melbourne.

    Businesses are the backbone of our nation, employing 11 million of the 13 million people working in Australia. Businesses create jobs, ship Australian products and services around the world, embrace innovation and breathe life into our towns and cities.

    So, why are we holding back our businesses with excessive, unnecessary and out-of-date regulations?

    Excessive red tape slows down businesses and services which means we all pay more and have fewer choices.

    Red tape costs the economy about $176 billion every year which is over $19,000 to the average household.

    There’s a better way.

    Smarter regulations can protect us and what we value, encourage competition and create opportunities. With better regulations, small and large businesses can invest more, employ more Australians and deliver the best products and services.

    Let’s keep Australia competitive by making it easier to do business.

    The Government is taking a look at the red tape problem and we want to contribute to that process by finding some of the worst examples of unnecessary regulation.

     

    Visit our campaign website at www.RedTapeHurtsUsAll.com.au

    Support the campaign

    Support the campaign to get save jobs and businesses by emailing your local members of Parliament today.

      The Facts

      Part of the reason the system isn’t working is because the enterprise bargaining system has become so slow and technical that it’s on the brink of collapse.

      The reality is employees on EBAs get paid more, yet the number of people covered by active EBAs has fallen by 20 per cent over the past decade.

      The government’s proposed changes will mean EBAs can be approved within 21 days, speeding up the delivery of wage rises and other benefits to workers. The focus will return to co-operation between employers and employees – the foundation of our industrial relations system – and incentivise more ambitious, win-win agreement making.

      The reforms will also make the awards system less complex. The JobKeeper flexibility provisions that enabled changes to employee duties and location of work during the pandemic will apply to distressed industries for a further two years.

      New flexible part-time arrangements will give employees the choice of picking up more hours of work. Workers will still be paid penalty rates for weekend work. This will increase take-home pay, address underemployment and reduce businesses resorting to casuals.

      Casuals will have a clear definition and a proper pathway to become permanent. Employers must offer casual staff working regular hours the option to convert to more secure permanent employment after 12 months. If employers fail to provide this option, they are in breach of the Act.

      Changes to greenfield agreements will extend the life of these agreements to up to eight years, injecting more certainty into pay and conditions, making investment into major projects more attractive and giving people a wage rise every year.

      And reforms to compliance will help employers identify genuine wage mistakes and fix them. This will especially help small businesses meet their obligations and ensure workers are not underpaid. For deliberate and serious wage theft higher civil sanctions will be introduced, as well as a new criminal offence.

      Put together, this package represents a way forward that will help business create new jobs and contribute to a stronger economy.

      Email your local federal representative today and urge them to support this package.