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THE HIA and MBA are offended the government is acting to ensure subbies get paid for the work they do (Daily, October 10).
They use the usual ‘it will cost money’ and ‘red tape’ excuses to do nothing.
The question they never answer is a simple one – why is it okay for subbies not to be paid for the work they do?
That’s the practical outcome of what they don’t want to happen.
We should ask the local LNP MPs the same question.
And why they made changes that made payment less certain.
With the election coming up, we’re going to hear a lot about removing ‘red tape’ and ‘green tape’ from the LNP and One Nation in particular.
As red and green tape seem to capture some imaginations, it’s perhaps useful to explain what’s usually not said when they’re discussed.
Essentially ‘tape’ is about standards in one form or another.
And who makes the profit, and who bears the risk and the cost when the standards aren’t met.
Too often the broader community ends up wearing the risk and the direct and indirect costs (which can be huge).
This legislation says to the HIA and MBA, if you want to be in this business, this is a cost you, not the community, have to bear. — ANDREW MORAN Battery Hill