The government is promising deregulation to business while it is engaged in a massive re-regulatory project designed to address the mess left behind by earlier deregulation.
Scott Morrison's reform agenda is a reheat of neoliberal cliches that he doesn't even have the courage to push for himself.
In industry after industry in Australia, the same problems keep recurring. Our way of making policy is broken. Without addressing that, responses like the banking royal commission just treat the symptoms.
The fit of deregulation that led to the live export debacle in Australia barely saved taxpayers $30,000, but it was good business for the Coalition and their donors.
Both Labor and Coalition governments have, in recent years, attempted to squeeze uni students with changes to higher education fees and funding, writes Crikey intern Sophie Wenderoth.
What happened to the government’s higher education reforms? Crikey intern David Parncutt reports.
In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can't muster evidence for its claims.
Voters are split on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, today's Essential Report finds, while even those who favour deregulation want more regulation in those areas that affect them personally.
"Repeal day" mainly consists of removing ancient legislative deadwood and trivial changes to current law. And in some areas, governments only ever regulate, never deregulate.
If the government is serious about deregulation -- which it isn't -- it would pursue these totemic reforms. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer run through the options.