Federalism in the News

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Recent reports and developments

Current parliamentary inquiries on federalism issues

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Mark Ludlow, ‘More states, not fewer, says Fraser’, The Australian Financial Review, 10 January 2013.

Cassandra Wilkinson, ‘Feds don't have all the answers’, The Australian, 9 January 2013.

Henry Ergas, ‘Tony Abbott should flesh out plan to fix federalism’, The Australian, 8 January 2013.

‘Brumby defends COAG, calls for new reform agenda’, Business Spectator, 4 January 2013.

Gabrielle Appleby, ‘Scrap the states? Would we have to scrap the Constitution too?’ Online Opinion, 4 January 2013.

‘Beattie calls for states to be 'abolished'’, news.com.au, 2 January 2013.

Troy Bramston, ‘'Scrap states' to drive reform: Bob Hawke’, The Australian, 1 January 2013.

Joe Kelly, ‘Kill COAG before it kills us, says Jeff Kennett’, The Australian, 14 December 2012.

David Crowe and Joe Kelly, ‘Calls to end dysfunction between states, Canberra’, The Australian, 10 December 2012.

George Williams, ‘Lost change of $20b a year is falling through federal-state divide’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2012.

Shipra Chordia, 'Murray-Darling: why Australia needs intergovernmental cooperation', the Conversation 30 October 2012

Kenneth Wiltshire, ‘COAG loses grip on the States’ The Australian, 19 August 2011.

Anthony Albanese, ‘Premiers must not be a block on road to reformThe Australian, 19 August 2011.

Malcolm Farr, ‘Julia Gillard hospital reform is “biggest since Medicare” after States all agree’ Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2011.

Annabel Hepworth, ‘Sign up on transport or lose, States told’ The Australian, 15 August 2011.

Imre Salusinszky, ‘COAG’s love-in all over now’ The Australian, 13 August 2011.

‘Concern about disability services “takeover” ABC News Online, 12 August 2011.

‘High Court challenge for school chaplains’ AAP, 9 August 2011.

John Ross, ‘Closed door policy fear in COAG reforms’ The Australian, 27 July 2011.

George Williams, ‘A state of confidence up north as NT moves towards adulthood’ Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2011.

Rosanne Barrett and John Ferguson, ‘O’Farrell warns of breakaway rival to COAG’The Australian, 8 July 2011

Dan Nancarrow, ‘In defence of the States’, Brisbane Times, 9 June 2011.

George Williams, ‘Chaplaincy challenge reveals legal failure’ Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2011.

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Recent reports and developments

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit tables report on National Funding Agreements (24 November 2011).

Paul McClintock delivers address on ‘Can COAG deliver on its reform agenda?’(23 November 2011).

COAG release communiqué of meeting on 19 August 2011.

COAG Reform Council releases performance report on progress against the National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines, 2009-10 (9 August 2011).

Senate Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation tables final report (30 June 2011).

Federal government establishes expert panel to lead community consultation on options for recognising local government in the Constitution (21 June 2011).

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee tables final report following inquiry into the provisions of the Water Act 2007 (Cth) (10 June 2011).

Secretary of PM&C Terry Moran delivers address at Eidos Institute on ‘The challenges of federalism’(8 June 2011)

House Standing Committee on Regional Australia tables final report following inquiry into the Impact of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in Regional Australia (2 June 2011).

COAG Reform Council releases performance report on progress against the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, 2009-10 (8 June 2011).

COAG Reform Council releases performance report on progress against the National Healthcare Agreement, 2009-10 (8 June 2011).

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Current public inquiries on federalism issues

Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee, ‘The management of the Murray-Darling Basin’; due to report 30 November 2011.

Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, ‘Inquiry into National Funding Agreements’; no reporting date listed.

Review of GST distribution to the States and Territories: interim report due February 2012; final report due September 2012.

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