Labor-LNP argue merits of red tape reduction

LNP leader Tim Nicholls at Buderim to sell the benefits of red tape reduction in some cases.
LNP leader Tim Nicholls at Buderim to sell the benefits of red tape reduction in some cases. Warren Lynam

OPPOSITION leader Tim Nicholls has vowed to cut red tape by 20% within six years if the LNP regains government in Queensland at the next state election due by early next year.

Mr Nicholls said an LNP government would make every minister responsible for finding ways to reduce bureaucratic demands on small business.

He said in government the LNP would set red tape reduction performance targets for ministers and department heads, have an annual Red Tape Repeal Day and appoint an industry "go to" person to drive regulatory reform.

Mr Nicholls, who was on the Sunshine Coast to introduce LNP Buderim candidate Brent Mickelberg, said small businesspeople should be spending time on their businesses not on filling out forms.

"We need better government not more," he said.

He dismissed claims by Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace that the LNP had turned its back on up to 1000 new jobs by not supporting trading hours' reform she said would cut red tape, create jobs and boost local economies.

Mr Nicholls said the changes would throw small businesses and local supermarkets into direct competition with Coles and Woolworths and ultimately cost jobs.

Ms Grace said the proposed Labor reforms would slash trading-hour provisions from 99 to just six, saying that was a 94% reduction in red tape compared with the LNP's 20% over six years.

Topics:  buderim grace grace red tape tim nicholls trading hours

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