For a year now, we’ve been hearing how the Coalition will perform an economic miracle if elected, and when I ask how it will be done, the first thing I always get is, “We’re going to cut business red tape.”
I have a feeling that the Rabble Rowsers working the Jews into a frenzy to revolt against the Roman Empire a couple of thousand years ago would’ve promised the same thing.
Said Rabble Rowsers got their collective asses severely kicked, in part because the Roman army was as organized as all get out, i.e. they had their red tape in place and it worked like a charm.
So my next question, which often gets an angry response but never gets a sensible reply, is “Yes, but which red tape will you cut?”
Sans any clue from LNP acolytes, I’ve done a little risk analysis for Tony Abbott, on areas of red tape he might consider hacking
The corporates tell us it’s too hard to get new products to market.
Good place to start Tony, but you might like to budget for a grief counselor to go talk to a mother who’s toddler has strangled itself in a badly designed stroller. (And before you laugh, check this out; it has happened).
Hmm, maybe we’d better leave the bureaucracy and red tape around new product introduction alone.
Then how about easing the environmental rules? That should be a big goer. The miners are always whining about these bits of red tape, (you know, the bits that are really green), that are costing Aussies a huge fortune in jobs and exports. (It turns out, it’s a very few Aussies, but that’s another story.)
Okay, moving right along.
One of the toughest things to do in Australia is to get an IPO Prospectus approved by ASIC. These time wasting bureaucrats want it perfectly clearly worded. They insist that it tell the truth. Bull shit is strictly prohibited.
Goddammit, they can add months to the process of producing a document whose sole purpose is to ask Aussies to trust perfect strangers and hand their money over to them.
Bernie Maddof always found the US version of these rules a bit annoying, but fortunately he was able to live with them for decades, because the US doesn’t have as much red tape around this as we silly Aussies do.
This is the one I’d go for, Tony. It’ll be wildly popular.
For a while.
See, Tony, here’s your problem.
Every piece of red tape in our systems was put there at the behest of a politician, often one of your own persuasion.
And they put it there for a reason; they believed that this extra hoop to be jumped through, served Australians.
And you think you’re going to come along and just get rid of huge swathes of it, with no negative consequences for we punters.