New Red Tape From Canberra Hitting Norfolk Businesses Hard

A year after federal take-over of administrative function, new bureaucracy hindering territory

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 26, 2017) – It's been a year since Australian Commonwealth law was extended to Norfolk Island and a local businessman says it's been a year of struggle.

Martin Cross said his business had been straining under the weight of new red-tape since Canberra shut down the island's autonomous legislature.

He said a new permitting system had been imposed on the importation of non-human food, even from Australia.

Mr Cross said the cost for this may prove unsustainable for the stockfeed importing business he spent the last 20-years building up.

"Off the top of my head I think it's $150 [US$119] an application. If I had to apply for 60 of those at $150, well I just couldn't afford to run my business."

"If it all came into effect and push came to shove, I would have to shut the door," he said.

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