Local, Independant and Effective
June 30, 2016

Cathy McGowan calls for Federal cross-border commissioner

A Federal cross-border commissioner would help get rid of red tape hindering businesses operating on the Border. In her second term, Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, will lobby for the establishment of a Federal cross-border commissioner to identify and resolve cross-border anomalies.

The commitment was made at the Master Builders Association Murray Division Annual Breakfast Meeting. Major red-tape issues for the MBA Murray Division include home warranty insurance duplication, multiple license categories and the need for mutual recognition for tradespeople and contractors.

“Builders are calling for a return to filling out one Home Warranty Insurance form for eligibility in Victoria and NSW,” Ms McGowan said. “Under current guidelines, two application forms must be completed, meaning unnecessary duplication.”

“The introduction of a number of licenses and regulations that take into account working across state boundaries would help get rid of red tape,” Ms McGowan said.   

Ms McGowan acknowledges the Government creating the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman; however, Ms McGowan has sought support for a Federal Cross-Border Commissioner from a number of Coalition MPs and will continue to lobby for the position to be created.

“I look forward to working with the Government to reduce duplication and regulations that increase costs for businesses working across the border,” Ms McGowan said.

Other red tape issues on the Border include licensing arrangements for coach operators and retail alcohol licenses. Winemakers of Rutherglen have also called for a national Responsible Service of Alcohol accreditation and as a direct result of the group and Ms McGowan’s lobbying, the Australian Grape and Wine Industry recommends this a national Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) accreditation be established.

“We need to support business and employees, there are easy solutions to help cut costs and duplication, and a Federal cross-border commissioner would help solve these issues,” Ms McGowan said. 

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