'Dotcommunism' dashed: ACT's smart regulation of the sharing economy

By Stephen Easton

November 27, 2015

There’s no better example of how to regulate the sharing economy than the ACT government’s embrace of Uber, according to a pair of bright young public policy wonks who worked for former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Tarah Barzanji and Andrew Charlton, writing for consulting firm AlphaBeta, are so enamoured with how chief minister Andrew Barr and his team approached the issue, they find no fault to report. Charlton, who was the former PM’s top economic adviser during the global financial crisis, is one of the relatively new firm’s founders.

Reductions in fees and the removal of some regulations for taxi drivers accompanied the rules designed specifically to accommodate Uber, which likes to go around go

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