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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Page: 3209

Deregulation


Mr VAN MANEN (Forde) (14:11): My question is to the Prime Minister. How will cutting red tape—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There is a wall of noise starting to mount. This is not to be tolerated. The member for Forde has the call.

Mr VAN MANEN: My question is to the Prime Minister. How will cutting red tape ease the compliance burden on small business and help create jobs? And how have the government's plans to remove red tape been received by business and community groups?

Mr Pyne: Madam Speaker, the Prime Minister was unable to hear the question because of the pathetic noise coming from the opposition. I would ask that the member for Forde be allowed to ask his question again, and for the opposition to learn to behave like adults.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the House has in fact made a perfectly valid point. There will be silence on my left, or some people might leave us. The member for Forde will repeat his question.

Mr VAN MANEN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. My question is to the Prime Minister. How will cutting red tape ease the compliance burden on small business and help create jobs? And how have the government's plans to remove red tape been received by business and community groups?







Mr ABBOTT (WarringahPrime Minister) (14:12): I thank the member for Forde for his question, and I can reassure him and members opposite that every day—every day—this government is working to make the lives of Australian families easier.

One of the things that most people abhor is the time spent filling out forms, because time spent filling out forms costs money and it prevents people from getting on with their lives. That is why today is red tape 'repeal day'. That is why the government will scrap some 10,000 unnecessary and redundant regulations and acts of parliament. That is why we will take 50,000 pages off the statute books, because we want to make the lives of Australia families, the life of Australian businesses easier. These changes—

Mr Clare interjecting—

The SPEAKER: The member for Blaxland with desist!

Mr ABBOTT: These changes will save the businesses and the people of Australia $720 million a year, every year. That is real money thanks to the real reforms of this government.

Honourable members interjecting

Mr ABBOTT: Scrapping the carbon tax will not just save a $9-billion tax hit on the economy, it will not just save every household $550 a year, but scrapping the carbon tax will remove $85 million—$85 million—in red tape costs from the backs of the businesses of Australia.

This has been welcomed. This been widely welcomed. I quote Jennifer Westacott of the Business Council of Australia—

Mr Watts interjecting—

The SPEAKER: The member for Gellibrand will desist!

Mr Danby: Execute him!

The SPEAKER: The member for Melbourne Ports will withdraw those remarks!

Mr ABBOTT: She said:

The release today of the federal government’s repeal day legislation marks a turning point in dealing with the high costs and inefficiencies faced by businesses and consumers in our economy

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: We seem to have a new tactic of having an outburst of infectious laughter—which I suspect may become disorderly—and I suspect it might begin with the member for Franklin. The member for Franklin is warned.

Mr Burke: I rise on a point of order, Madam Speaker.

The SPEAKER: It had better be a proper point of order.

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, are you ruling people out of order because they are laughing?

The SPEAKER: The member will resume his seat. The member for Franklin will leave the chamber under standing order 94(a).

The member for Franklin then left the chamber.

Mr Shorten interjecting

Mr Abbott: The Leader of the Opposition referred to what he called 'the royal comedy channel'. I think that is offensive and he should be asked to withdraw.

The SPEAKER: To assist the House, the Leader of the Opposition will withdraw.

Mr Shorten: I withdraw the comment. I did not mean to offend the Prime Minister. I completely withdraw.

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has the call, and you can regard yourselves as universally warned. In accordance with practice, I will not hear the Manager of Opposition Business. He has abused the standing orders twice already. The Prime Minister has completed his answer.