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The coming Referendum on funding local government

Debate in the Parliament

The debate in the House of Representatives over

changing the Constitution to give the Commonwealth the power to grant financial assistance to any State, or to any local government body formed by a law of a State

was left very late indeed.

Project Republic - a blueprint for change

In an unusual moment of bipartisanship, key parliamentary advocates Wayne Swan and Malcolm Turnbull have come together to promote a new book on a New Australia, a book considered by many to be long overdue; a book promoting a blueprint for change; a book suggesting that a republic is achievable and maybe earlier than we think.

Labor's $114bn fast train on track? More, please ...

"THE Gillard government is pressing ahead with plans for a high-speed rail network linking Melbourne and Brisbane, despite an admission that the $114 billion project would be a 'monumental endeavour'.

"Transport Minister Anthony Albanese will today release the second and final report into the high-speed rail, produced by eight consulting firms that claimed the project would generate positive economic benefits.

The Basin States need to be replaced by localism - Craig Knowles

In his latest media release(1), the Chair of the MDBA, Craig Knowles made a strong commitment to 'localism' and indicates that this is way of the future for the Murray Darling Basin. On 20 December 2012 (2) he declared himself "dismayed" at plans for the South Australian State government to cut its contribution.

Referendum on recognising local government?

A parliamentary committee recommended a referendum on the recognition of local government at the same time as the next federal election.

"But Coalition MPs and Senators issued a dissenting report, saying there was too little time to prepare for a referendum, and the risk of failure was too high."

Well, BloggerMe: State boundaries - leftovers from a by-gone era

The BloggerMe map addresses the fundamental problem of the States: that they are out of date, and were virtually out of date at the moment of federation, 1901.

Let me explain:

Political boundaries

The boundaries of the States are purely political; they answer no other question than the impossibility in the period from 1788 to 1900 for a governor to take responsibility for all of the colonies on behalf of the Crown.

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