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- Ben on No place to top up Opal cards? How can a train station NOT sell an Opal ticket? Who planned that????Also, these tickets need to be anonymous like any train ... more
- Mark on No place to top up Opal cards? A Travel 10 per trip from the city to Paddington is cheaper than Opal. $1.84 vs $2.10. more
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- ROCKET SCIENCE... on No place to top up Opal cards? @Laura it appears that the forgetful NSW government is far too busy drinking 1959 Grange wine to worry about the finer ... more
- Kimber on Terror links to Aussies in Syria Please for the sake of Australia do not let these barbarians ever return here, we need to keep a much closer eye on who ... more
- Kimber on Sydney Art: what do you think? This is a gaudy and grotesque waste of money, we have the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and even Centre Point ... more
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Red tape stifling what you do?
Tim Webster & Tracey Spicer discuss red tape, and a new survey that found it is eroding competitiveness and the Australian Tax Office tops the list of bureaucracies for generating troublesome regulatory hurdles.
The ATO leads the NSW Business Chamber's fifth annual Red Tape Survey, followed by NSW local governments, safety regulators, Fair Work Australia and Centrelink.
Seven out of ten businesses surveyed indicated that the cost and time to comply with regulations have increased over the two years, with less than 1 per cent indicating those factors have decreased.
Tim & Tracey speak with Damian Kelly, Spokesperson for the NSW Business Chamber, who are calling for better ways to reduce red tape.
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NSW BUSINESS CHAMBER'S RED TAPE SURVEY RESULTS:
Scores based on the percentage of respondents who indicated high levels of red tape when interacting with agencies:
Australian Tax Office - 73.4 per cent
NSW local governments - 57.4 per cent
Safety regulators (Safe Work, Workcover etc) - 55.2 per cent
Fair Work Australia - 52.8 per cent
Centrelink - 46.1 per cent
Businesses that say the time taken to comply with regulations has increased - 70 per cent
Businesses that believe their ability to grow their business has been hampered by regulatory requirements - 51 per cent
Businesses that say time and cost of complying with regulations has decreased - one per cent
Businesses that believe they have to comply with regulations that make "no sense" - 41 per cent
Source: NSW Business Chamber, 2012 Red Tape Survey
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