Morrison pledges business red tape cuts


Cuts to red tape to support the building industry and other sectors of the economy will be introduced to federal parliament in March.

The federal government has been seeking public feedback on its regulatory performance omnibus bill and is finalising its details.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told an online forum hosted by Master Builders Australia on Friday the bill would be brought to parliament in the next sitting, which starts on March 29.

The bill is aimed at removing outdated and unnecessary regulations, including many which are legally ambiguous.

A draft of the bill included 46 amendments across 17 federal laws, including streamlining the building energy efficiency certificates system and making it easier to approve a pharmacist to supply pharmaceutical benefits under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

It will also simplify trade mark rules and reduce red tape within the Australian Skills Quality Authority and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

“We are doing all we can to help you get on with it,” Mr Morrison told building industry representatives.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese told the forum he saw his role as a “builder” and, in government, would seek to bring industry and unions together.

“Common interest – that’s what we need more of, not division and chaos which is what we are seeing at the moment,” he said.



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