Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Twenty-one regulations down – a good start

ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today “that the weeding out of 21 redundant regulations was a ‘good start’.”

“We expect and demand that business compete internationally. But they can’t compete tied up in red tape and taxed hard. The government’s elimination of 21 redundant regulations in commerce and labour portfolios is a good start. The key to cutting out red tape is to recognise that the cornerstones of a market economy are private property and contract.

“Too much red tape arises simply because politicians and bureaucrats think they know best and don’t respect private property and private contracts. Commerce Minister Max Bradford is to be congratulated for making some progress. But there is a long way to go.

“Under Labour and Alliance doing business will become next to impossible. These parties have no respect for private property. They do believe that they know best. Businesses simply want put up with being told what to do by Jim Anderton and Michael Cullen. They will simply move off-shore,” said Rodney Hide.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election