Hello readers, welcome to another week of the IPA experience. May I say, it’s good to be back in the office.
In my first few weeks prior to the Christmas break I was quick to learn that every day, let alone every week, at the IPA is different. This week has been no exception.
My first assignment of the new year has seen me diving into the red tape surrounding liquor licensing in Australia. What immediately stood out to me was that each state administers its own liquor legislation, which entails different regulations in each jurisdiction. The continual compounding of liquor licensing regulation that businesses must navigate has become a deterrent for aspiring owners.
Such difficulties have created the adverse effect of increasing operation costs to the point that employment and consumer choice are beginning to suffer. In Western Australia alone, a 2009 state Treasury report estimated liquor licensing regulation to cost the local bar industry $7.7 million a year.
To that I say something needs to be done.
It’s examples like this that only motivate my passion for economic freedom further. The opportunity to work as part of the IPA team has enabled me to keep the fight for freedom alive.
What a week!
Signing off for now,