Tell me what red tape you want to see cut
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
With Queensland businesses to be hit with yet a new set of Workplace Health and Safety laws effective from January 1, it's time for red tape to be put under scrutiny.
I want to hear from small businesses, employers, tradespeople, employees, landowners, volunteers and retirees about what examples of wasteful and costly government bureaucracy they want to see scrapped.
Drop me a line, email me at email@example.com or call me on 5443 7995 to nominate your most annoying and wasteful experience of red tape.
There are already over 90,000 pages of Queensland Government regulations our businesses have to adhere to. Instead of slashing red tape and lowering costs for businesses, the Bligh Government is rushing ahead with a new set of transitional laws rather than waiting for the new national laws to come into effect. The building industry, already struggling on the Sunshine Coast, is expected to be particularly impacted and further changes could cause confusion and disruption to Queensland businesses.
The proposed transitional laws were listed on the workplace health and safety website (http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/law/whslaws/legislation/index.htm) this week, without any notification, giving businesses only 4 weeks to prepare for the changes.
This is a waste of government resources and increases the red tape burden on business - and these workplace health and safety laws may only be in place for less than a year before they are superseded by the national laws.
I support workplace safety but it must be practical..