Australia

Sep 4, 2014

Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to "cut red tape", and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy ...

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

It will be 12 months this week since the Abbott government took office, and only an ungallant bludger too busy carving replicas of Stalin in ivory from a Newstart-funded safari would not pause to applaud the Prime Minister for making good on his promise to deregulate. The Coalition has untangled all sorts of red tape. There’s FoFA, which formerly deadened growth by compelling financial advisers to give advice; the carbon tax, which formerly deadened growth by compelling polluters not to pollute; and our TAFEs and universities, which formerly deadened growth by compelling ordinary people to seek an affordable education.

With hurdles like a materially sustainable future out of the way, we can now all lie down and softly moan as the deregulation engine rolls over us and wait for death. But not, it seems, before the current government has given us an accidental, if slight, moment for approval.

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