Good decision to eliminate obsolete red tape
Australian Business Council
The decision by the Western Australian government to end some ridiculous restrictions on Sunday trading makes good sense, said Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott.
âAny step the government can take to cut unnecessary and outdated red tape is a step forward in making the state a competitive place to do business, which ultimately means more jobs for Australians in the West and better products and services for consumers.
âThe decision to get rid of the Sunday Entertainment Act is just common sense.
âRemoving unnecessary hand brakes on an economy like this will benefit all Western Australians.
âPaperwork is not just a burden on businesses, it ultimately costs consumers due to less choice or higher prices.
âIt’s a step in the right direction, but Western Australia still has work to do to bring its retail restrictions into the 21st century.
âFor example, why on earth can West Australians buy light bulbs at their local hardware store but face legal restrictions if they want to buy light fixtures at the same time?
“Or why are West Australians prohibited from buying a car from a dealership on Sundays?”
âSmarter regulations can protect us and what we value, encourage competition and create opportunity.
âWith better regulations, businesses large and small can invest more, employ more Australians and provide the best products and services.
âBureaucracy and inefficient regulation are slowing down Australian businesses and making it harder to compete abroad.
“We are ready to work with the state and federal governments on the next steps to remove outdated red tape and accelerate Australia’s economic recovery.”