Earlier today I delivered the Government’s first report on red tape and what we’re doing to reduce it.
Reducing red tape is a key part of the Government’s plan to build a strong, prosperous economy.
Before the election, small business owners across Australia told me about how the growth of red tape was harming their business.
All too often, the local newsagent, dry cleaner, baker and butcher has to be the business accountant, marketer, HR manager and cleaner as well as chief salesperson.
I listened, and next week the Parliament will have its first ever red tape Repeal Day: to abolish regulations and legislation that have outlived their usefulness or are doing more harm than good.
Repeal Day will scrap more than 10,000 unnecessary or counter-productive pieces of legislation and regulations.
More than 50,000 pages of red tape will disappear, saving individuals, small businesses and community groups more than $700 million a year, every year.
This will be good for small business and help them create jobs.
Our work to cut red tape is about saving you money, saving you time and trusting your common sense to make more choices about your life.
Our first Repeal Day is the start of what is to come.
Click here to read my full statement to Parliament.
Click here to read the media release.
Authorised by Brian Loughnane, Cnr Blackall and Macquarie Streets, Barton ACT 2604.
March 19, 2014 / 17 AdarII 5774
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- 1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
- 1616 – Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.
- 1760 – The "Great Fire" of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
- 1815 – After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
- 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.
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- 1883 – The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
- 1888 – The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
- 1913 – Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
- 1916 – Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
- 1922 – The USS Langley (CV-1) is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
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- 1933 – Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida's electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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- 1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: "I came out of Bataan and I shall return".
- 1948 – With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC.
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- 1974 – Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
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