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Gillard all talk, no action
January 06, 2012
THE government is suffering "paralysis by analysis" after ordering more than 250 reviews, discussion papers, inquiries and advisory boards in two years, the opposition claims.
Everything from the Fair Work Act to the Australian Independent Screen Production Sector has been subject to a review or an inquiry.
AusAID and cyber crime are subject to more than one review, there have been two media inquiries and a much touted review of school funding arrangements was handed to the government last month and is due for release soon.
New Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten tops the list of ministers who have announced the most reviews, inquiries, discussion papers and advisory boards, with 18 investigations in two years.
His matters for examination include the review of the Fair Work Act, advisory bodies for the retail sector and a national injury insurance scheme.
He has also looked at what other economies are doing on climate, disaster insurance policies, regulation of airport services and a consultation paper on reducing red tape.
"To paraphrase Steven Spielberg - when you listen you learn, you absorb ideas, and you become better at your job than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time," Mr Shorten said.
"That is why I have spent plenty of time listening to people with a disability and their families, listening to victims of scallywag financial planners, to baby boomers who want secure retirement savings and to families who have been confused by flood insurance policies."
The Coalition's waste watch committee spokesman Jamie Briggs said the government was spinning its wheels with reviews and inquiries.
"If we thought the number of reviews under Kevin Rudd was bad, we now know it's a lot worse under Julia Gillard and would be even worse under a prime minister Bill Shorten," he said.
"While there are at times valid reasons for inquiries and reviews, the fact the government have launched so many is proof of the government's dysfunction. This government, captive of the Greens, finds it easier to announce reviews than undertake action."
A spokesman for Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended the number of reviews and inquiries: "Reviewing government operations, legislation and the impact of emerging issues is part an important part of governing.
"The government makes no apologies for seeking stakeholder, expert and community input on these matters."