11 July 2001
Compliance Report Requires Prompt Action - Business NZ
The Business Compliance Panel's report released today indicates the enormous amount of red tape that ties up NZ
enterprises, says Business NZ Chief Executive Simon Carlaw.
There is nothing new in this report - complaints about the Resource Management Act, OSH, ACC, the Employment Relations
Act and tax will be familiar to all business owners - but the sheer scale of the problem has been underlined, Mr Carlaw
"The Government is to be congratulated for researching the problem, and now needs to take prompt, significant action.
Business wants to see complicated, time-wasting compliance requirements reduced as soon as possible.
"The Government will not have its final response to the report ready until December. This raises the danger that we will
enter another election year with no action.
"The 1999 select committee inquiry into business compliance fell victim to the 1999 election and its recommendations
came to nothing. There is a danger of this report becoming 'promise fodder' for the 2002 campaign, with no chance of
implementation during an election year, and possibly ending up in the too hard basket thereafter.
"To keep the faith with NZ businesses, the Minister of Commerce should commit to a clear plan for change, with
implementation under way before the end of 2001," Mr Carlaw said.