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Tuesday, 27 February 2001
Page: 24465

Mr BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition) (2:01 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, do you recall promising to halve government red tape for small business? Isn't the fact that you broke your red tape promise one reason why public confidence in you and your government is collapsing?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —The government over the last week has taken a number of decisions which are designed to reduce the unnecessarily complicated administrative burden that was placed on small business by the requirements of the business activity statement and the investment activity statement. I say quite plainly that the degree of complexity involved in those was wrong. The government regrets that, and the government has taken action to remedy it.