CCIQ concerns about rushed legislation and more red tape

Thursday 25 May, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) is concerned about proposed labour hire legislation before State Parliament which is “rushed’ and only adds to red tape for small business.

Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 today. She said the new legislation would protect vulnerable workers and avoid sham-contracting and dodgy practices.

But CCIQ General manager of Advocacy Kate Whittle said for a government supposedly keen to cut red tape, the measure would only add more regulatory burdens, increase costs for Queensland small businesses and threaten jobs.

Ms Whittle said there was already State and Federal laws in place covering the labour hire industry and this Bill was rushed and unnecessary.

CCIQ cited the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, Competition and Consumer Act 2010, Industrial Relations Act 2016, and Fair Work Act 2009 as currently providing ample regulation and protection.

Ms Whittle said CCIQ provided a submission to government regarding the proposed legislation and raised concerns about duplication and the impact to the business community.

“There is sufficient protection under current legislation. This scheme is a governmental overreach with an excessive increase in red tape and costs,” she said.

“This Bill is anti-harmonisation of legislation across Australia. It restricts Queensland businesses and could have the unintended consequence of negatively impacting employment in the state.

“Vulnerable workers should be protected, but there are better, more efficient ways to do it without replicating legislation and increasing costs.

“State Government is touting an anti-red tape agenda and yet today we see it introducing an unnecessary scheme which will increase the compliance burden for Queensland businesses.”

Ms Whittle said there were genuine concerns from stakeholder industries about the Bill, including the wording and construction of the legislation.

“CCIQ does not believe this licence scheme will achieve its purpose. If the State Government was serious about reducing red tape it should remove this Bill and seek less burdensome alternatives.

“CCIQ questions the purpose of this Bill and will continue to represent small businesses who do not see it as a solution at all.”

 

 

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