On this day, 26 March in 2014, the Abbott-Coalition Government observed its first Red Tape Repeal Day. They were meant to reserve one day every Autumn and Spring to repeal economy-choking red and green tape.
The Repeal Days were to herald a new era attacking the silent but growing killer of business and enterprise. The target was to cut $1 billion in red and green tape costs to our economy each year.
The first Repeal Day launched the removal of the Gillard Government’s appalling carbon and mining taxes (the repeals of which were enacted later that year) and streamlining Bill Shorten’s Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) rules. It also announced “tape-removal” in other portfolios as diverse as Communications, Industry, Immigration, Defence, Health, Education, Aboriginal Affairs and government procurement.
However, Mr Turnbull enacted Prime Minister Removal Day in the Spring of 2015. The Coalition lost interest in this liberating and economy-enhancing practice. As such, the Spring 2015 Red Tape Repeal Day sadly became our country’s last.
The first Repeal Day cut over $700 million in redundant economic costs and by the fourth (and last), the savings were a welcome $4.5 billion.
Australian Conservatives want to reinstate this urgently needed practice and government mindset - for instance in the statement Senator Bernardi made in the senate earlier this year.
Celebrate this anniversary of the first Red Tape Repeal Day by:
- email the Finance Minister asking why the CuttingRedTape.gov.au website has not been updated for 3 years.
- next time you are talking to someone in business or a community organisation, ask them where they'd love to get rid of red tape - and let us know!
- reflecting on an area of red or green tape that frustrates your family or business, and writing to your local newspaper urging its removal - and for more Australian Conservatives parliamentarians to help get rid of red and green tape
- spend time on your next walk, run, exercise or commute reflecting on your home or business practices to find a way you might remove your own 'red tape'
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends and those struggling with the burden of bureaucracy.