Drummond was not opposed to state action. Far from it. His point was the problems created by the increasing volume of legislation.
My thanks to Club Troppo and Nicholas Gruen for the above chart. You can see how much worse the problem has become.
In 1980 I was a member of a Regulation Review Taskforce established by the Fraser Government. We looked at page after page of Government regulation.
The problem in each case was that laws and supporting regulations had been established to meet a particular need. Any attempt to handle excessive regulation on a case by case basis was bound to fail because you came into argument with those supporting the need.