Ask same ques­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OPINION -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.