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Compliance costs survey an indictment on Labour

Katherine Rich MP
National Party Economic Development Spokeswoman
28 September 2006

Compliance costs survey an indictment on Labour

A new survey showing compliance costs have risen for four out of six business sizes is an indictment on the Labour-led Government’s policies, says National's Economic Development spokeswoman, Katherine Rich.

“I’m not surprised at all that compliance costs in the 2006 KPMG-Business NZ survey have gone up again under Labour. The trend is bleak for those Kiwis in business and trying to make their own way.

“When there have been more than 2,000 new regulations imposed since Labour came to power, it’s no wonder compliance costs have been increasing.

“This Government is making it harder - not easier - to be in business.

“Lianne Dalziel continually says New Zealand is one of the easiest countries to set up a business. She forgets that setting up a business is one thing, but running it successfully and not getting bogged in red tape is another.

“Sadly, her much-vaunted compliance cost review is unlikely to achieve much when the Government has ruled out any changes to the big issues like employment regulation.

“Labour’s hackneyed ‘economic transformation’ phrase rings hollow when the Government refuses to do anything transformational.”

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