Labor strangling business with red tape

28 Sep 2011 3:13 PMJann Stuckey

28 September 2011

THE latest Australian Industry Group report into business regulation has confirmed Bligh and Labor’s over-regulation was strangling small business, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey said the AI Group report confirmed what small businesses right across Queensland had been saying for years – over-regulation was hurting.

“Red tape under the long-term Labor government is killing small business,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It’s stifling enterprise and business activity, destroying incentive and job creation.

“Queensland has one of the highest number of regulatory bodies which business has to work through and that’s reflected by more than a quarter of all businesses reporting Queensland suffered from duplication.

“What’s concerning is that businesses in Queensland reported the highest level of unnecessary regulation.

“Queensland businesses clearly believe that more work needs to be done to consolidate the number of agencies that collect information and oversee regulations.”

Ms Stuckey said more than 20 years of Labor Government had created a minefield of regulation for small business in Queensland.

“The CanDo LNP team will examine initiatives and programs related to cutting red tape and reducing the regulatory burden for business.

“We will cut waste and duplication and get Queensland back on track.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919