Opinion

The COVID-19 and Rio Tinto lesson: regulation is not 'red tape', it's protection

By Ben Oquist
Updated July 1 2021 - 4:46pm, first published June 12 2020 - 6:30pm
Juukan Gorge, pictured on May 15, was the location of Aboriginal rock shelters before it was destroyed by Rio Tinto. Picture: PKKP Aboriginal Corporation

While it has been widely observed that all sides of politics become Keynesians in a pandemic, if COVID-19 has taught us anything else it is that strong government regulations are not "red tape" or "green tape", they are protection. Everyone is a legislator in a lockdown.

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