On rules and red tape

John Kotsopoulos writes: Re. "Workplace deaths: Abbott punts a macabre political football" (yesterday). One person's red tape is often another person's protection from misdeed or the need for expensive litigation.  Despite the rhetoric the reality is that regulations play an important part in benchmarking good practice in a wide range of industries. Not all regulations are perfect, but those found wanting can be easily amended and they all  have mandated sunset clauses which catch regulations past their use-by date.  A willy nilly approach to removing regulations to get a predetermined number of scalps will only create a new gold rush for lawyers. The same caution needs to apply to changing legislation. Senator Cormann's hamfisted attempt to "reform" financial planning advice laws even had the body representing that industry calling on him to back off.