Recent publications in Submission

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Submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Discussion Paper 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

The future of many existing and potential Australian small businesses are threatened by thousands of pages of unnecessary red tape at all levels of government. Small businesses spend disproportionate resources understanding and complying with...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Submission to the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

On 24 February 2016, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. The proposed National Integrity Commissioner has been likened to a "federal ICAC", in reference...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into White-Collar Crime Penalties

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

On 25 November 2015 the Senate referred an Inquiry to the Senate Economics References Committee. This Inquiry, due to report in July 2016, focuses on the ‘inconsistencies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties' for...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to the Editorial Review of ABC Business Coverage

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

The ABC, as the nation's largest public broadcaster, with a significant television, radio and online presence in all major media markets throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, plays an important role in setting the news, current affairs...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

Submission to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

From at least 1825, specific laws have existed to regulate trade unions, and since the passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Clth), registered trade unions and employer organisations have enjoyed unique privileges under Australia's...

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