Coalition's deregulation agenda will cut red tape

NEW units dedicated to cutting red tape in the Federal Government will soon be set up in every department, as part of the Coalition's deregulation agenda.

The new units would be dedicated to removing or simplifying business and environmental regulation across the suite of government responsibilities.

Part of one of the Abbott Government's new priorities is to create a new "one stop shop" for environmental assessments of major projects such as mines and ports.

Key to that agenda will be the hand-over of federal environmental assessment powers to the states, with a new agreement already drafted for the handover between the Commonwealth and Queensland Government.

The changes come as the government looks to cut more than 12,000 public servants through natural attrition across the government.

It is understood the deregulation units will be one of several administrative issues to come before the new government's second Cabinet meeting in Canberra on Thursday.

Topics:  coalition deregulation federal government red tape

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