Labor Senators provide the following dissenting report on Red Tape
Labor Senators reject the premise of the report that occupational
licensing reform should start with a presumption against licensing. The inquiry
heard strong evidence that occupational licensing is beneficial and necessary
to ensure the quality of work performed and the safety of both workers and
Labor Senators consider that the holding of a licence also sends a powerful
signal to consumers, as to the quality and safety of a provider or service.
Labor Senators believe that a tripartite system, involving government,
business and union representatives, is best placed to consider the quality,
skill and safety needs that are inherent in licensing arrangements, and
complemented by a risk‑based regulatory approach.
Senator Murray Watt
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