LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA
LEADER of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition
Gunner Government should make a genuine commitment to removing red tape for good
The Gunner Government’s decision to remove planning red tape for projects under the Business and Home Improvement Schemes is a good first step, but in many ways it’s too little too late, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today.
“I welcome the Gunner Government’s move winding back red tape but it’s disappointing that once again, a good result has come about only because of the leadership of the Federal, not Territory Government,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.
“It’s amazing that when the Federal Government tells the NT what to do, the Gunner Government moves quickly. But, for three and a half years all we have seen is a decrease in private investment and increased regulatory burden.
“The temporary changes announced are touted to speed projects up by two months. But, the Gunner Government should go harder and look at further areas to reduce or remove red tape to make it easier for businesses that face a long road to recovery.
“The Country Liberal Party established a Red Tape Reduction Taskforce which amended legislation and regulation to make it easier to do business. Instead of addressing red tape, the Gunner Government has moved ahead with legislative changes that increase the difficulty of doing business. Just look at the saga with Dan Murphy’s.
“The Gunner Government has an impressive record of misplaced priorities, from increasing taxes to building above-ground-underground car parks and structures to shade the road, $12 million to the Turf Club and going after our corner stores with overreaching alcohol laws.
“Most recently of course the red tape of choice was the ‘pets’ clause’, which the Gunner Government has now conveniently not put up for assent under the cover of COVID-19. This is smoke and mirrors, the Gunner Government should commit to repealing it this Friday.
“Any unnecessary processes, forms, timelines and barriers should be proactively sought out and dealt with. The Territory needs to attract private investment and to do that it needs to be an attractive place to invest.
“Businesses not only need stimulus support, but also need the Gunner Government out of their way so they can get on with what they do best,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.