Reporting for the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday 16th March, and in the Australian - http://bit.ly/1p1MDcg "D-day for archaic laws and red tape as government gets ready to scrap thousands of regulations" Samantha Maiden writes ....
In the biggest single reduction of federal laws on the books in the nation’s history, Mr Abbott will pledge on Wednesday to scrap $1 billion in red and green tape.
Mr Abbott will terminate a long list of bizarre laws including archaic standards for calibrating imperial measuring equipment for pints and gallons that have remained the law of the land despite the fact that Australia switched to the metric system in the 1970s.
The demolition project will include junking rules that require separate classification applications for 3D and 2D versions of films, including Kung Fu Panda, Avatar and Frozen. Last year over 3000 films were classified at a standard fee per classification of over $1000 for a film, most of which were reclassifications of older films in different formats.
Job service providers will also no longer be forced to keep paper records of all applications, a requirement that demanded 336 filing cabinets just to hold the applications.
“We are determined to cut $1 billion every year in red and green tape costs,’’’ Mr Abbott told the Sunday Telegraph.
This will improve our nation’s competitiveness, help to create more jobs and lower household costs.
“This will improve our nation’s competitiveness, help to create more jobs and lower household costs.
“I’ve listened to people across Australia tell me about the impact of red tape on their businesses, schools and community groups.
“This will be our first Repeal Day but there will be many more.’’
The Prime Minister wrote to all ministers before Christmas asking their offices to submit plans to reduce red tape and unnecessary laws.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet also now demands that all cabinet submissions include a Regulatory Impact Statement outlining the red tape impact of new laws.
Other laws to go in Mr Abbott’s Repeal Day celebrations include an act from 1904 governing State Naval Divisions that has been redundant since 1913 when the Royal Australian Navy was formed.
Universities will also no longer be required to submit reports on the use of their lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, laboratories, academic offices and computerised student workspaces.
It is estimated the change will save universities $87,000 a year.
The repeal day is scheduled for the House of Representatives on March 26, following the introduction of an omnibus red tape reduction bill and a series of specific deregulation bills on March 19.
Although the former Gillard government boasted of passing hundreds of laws despite a hung parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the PM Joshua Frydenberg said many of the laws simply made life more difficult.