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"Government needs to go beyond rhetoric and achieve real regulatory reform rather than grow the regulatory burden. It needs to systematically reduce the 70,000 pages of regulation and set achievable targets to do so. I believe it can start by committing that for every page of new or amended legislation which is passed in our state two pages of old laws are repealed."

Hansard Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (10.15 pm): The economic lifeblood of my community is small business. I never fail to be amazed by the enthusiasm, energy and commitment displayed by the small business operators. Unfortunately, I also hear a growing level of frustration and that frustration is fuelled by the increasing burden of having to comply with more and more regulations.

Queensland businesses have to deal with 70,000 pages of often turgid and sometimes meaningless compliance regulations. In contrast, the state of New South Wales, with a larger population, has about 40,000 pages. So while Queensland has fewer people, it has almost twice the number of pages of regulations as New South Wales. It also has many thousands more—and in some cases 10,000 more—pages of regulations than Victoria and Western Australia. These regulations tend to strangle enterprise and initiative by small business. It is estimated that they are costing Queensland businesses almost $18 billion a year because owners, managers and senior staff are forced to spend an average 10 hours a week and more than 20 days a year coping with red tape.

Having run my own business for five years before entering parliament, I understand the challenges of coping with this red tape. Unfortunately, there seems to be little understanding of business from the state government considering the skyrocketing cost of compliance. The difficulty with red tape is that, while each individual regulation can normally be justified by government as being in the public interest, when we add all these individual regulations together it creates a regime that works against business growth and employment. If small businesses were freed of unnecessary red tape, they would be able to put a greater focus on servicing customers and employing more staff.

Government needs to be committed to cutting red tape and unnecessary compliance costs to give Queensland small businesses the best chance of succeeding and that will give Queensland the best chance of lifting its economic performance. Government needs to go beyond rhetoric and achieve real regulatory reform rather than grow the regulatory burden. It needs to systematically reduce the 70,000 pages of regulation and set achievable targets to do so. I believe it can start by committing that for every page of new or amended legislation which is passed in our state two pages of old laws are repealed. This is a straightforward approach that would force governments to put as much effort into ridding small business of useless, redundant and unnecessary old laws and regulations as it does into creating new ones.