Let the carillon peal and the streamers stream - as long as they are not red.

On Wednesday the nation celebrated its first-ever Repeal Day, a newly plated federal festival devoted to the abolition of regulations.

Like most celebrations invented by politicians, it is sure to catch on. At the very least among small-L liberals and haters of The Man.

Could there ever be a better example of the difference between this government and the last? The Gillardian regime, specifically then-manager of government business Anthony Albanese, loved to boast about the great number of laws it was forever passing through the House of Representatives.

As a riposte to cruel Coalition claims that the Labor government was dysfunctional, he pointed to the acres of legislation his government pushed Senate-wards, no probs, to prove they were governing well.

By contrast, this government seeks to tear down the great regulatory edifice created (it would have you believe) entirely by paternalistic Labor governments, which was so nanny state-ish it even insisted on wrapping actual nannies in superfluous red tape by over-regulation of the childcare industry.

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott told us this week, it is not the job of government to ''bombard people with paper'', although even he made an exception for the truckload of nicely printed booklets handed out on Monday to explain how the government would now be approaching regulation, titled, aptly enough, The Australian Government Guide to Regulation.

As the government danced merrily around the maypole of deregulation, and tried to pretend that Senator Arthur Sinodinos had stood aside from the ministry with absolutely no influence from the Prime Minister's office, another fight was brewing.

Earlier this month a dispute erupted at the parliamentary gym over whether its televisions should be tuned to the ABC or the cable channel Sky News. Channel-wars are, of course, fought every night among siblings in households across the land. In the large majority of cases, they are resolved peaceably and without the need for intervention by the state.

But not in Canberra.

The Department of Parliamentary Services, the government department that runs Parliament House, was called in. A poll was taken of members and senators - they were asked to state their preferred news channel to exercise to.

Predictably, the politicians split down party lines, with most Coalition types favouring the privately owned Sky News, and most Labor people preferring the public broadcaster. A compromise was reached - the channels will be shown on alternate days. Proof, if it were needed, that where there are politicians, there will be regulations.

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