AUDITOR GENERAL SLAMS BAIRD GOVERNMENT OVER INEFFECTIVE RED TAPE REDUCTION

The report into red tape reduction has found that the regulatory burden faced by small businesses has increased after the Government introduced changes in 2011. The report states:

Overall, NSW Government initiatives and processes to prevent and reduce red tape were not effective. Reported red tape savings were inaccurate and the regulatory burden of legislation increased.

The report can be read here.

The report highlighted that the overall net legislative burden increased by $16.1 million after significant legislative reforms were introduced.

The Auditor General also reported that many of the regulatory repeals did little to assist businesses facing regulatory burden as they targeted legislation with little to no regulatory burden rather than legislation impeding businesses.

The complexity of legislation also increased during the last five years. The number of pages of legislation – usually used to highlight how complex a piece of legislation is – increased over the life of the policy by 1.4 per cent per year on average.

Before the policy was implemented, the previous ten years had a reduction of legislative complexity of 1.1 per cent per year on average.

Earlier this year the Government attempted to claim that it’s Learning Management Business Reform (LMBR) program would save the community $11,384,605 through red tape reductions despite the program running $95 million over budget, three years late, rolled out to only in one in ten schools and plagued with a host of problems.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Yasmin Catley MP

 “The Auditor General’s report card on regulatory reform is in and this time it’s a shameful ‘F’ awarded to the Baird Government.

“This is confirmation that this government is failing to remove the regulatory burden on the NSW economy.

“The government has been caught out using spin and inflated figures.

“This Minister has failed to live up to the title of ‘Better Regulation’.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park MP

“Under the Baird Government the cost of red tape has increased by $16.1 million.

“With figures like this it’s no wonder so many businesses are choosing Victoria over NSW.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Small Business Jenny Aitchison MP

“These extra costs will hurt small businesses.

“The government can’t just talk about eliminating these costs – they have to do it.” 

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