Australian Centre for Federalism - Journal Articles and Essays
The Centre will publish from time to time regular essays on federalism and multi-governance experience both in Australia and from other countries, written by distinguished academic visitors to the School of Politics and International Relations. These essays will provide new comparative perspectives on what outside scholars find interesting and problematic about federalism here and beyond. The idea is to look beyond Australia, or, to consider Australia in comparative perspective in order to find new questions and renew debate.
Over 2014, the Abbott Government made it clear that it intends to make major changes to the way federalism works in Australia and one of its primary targets is education. As it was released two days before Christmas, we would all be forgiven for missing the roles and responsibilities paper put out by the Commonwealth. But nevertheless, a core idea is made clear: The Commonwealth should reduce its role in the education game and leave schooling in... Read more
Reforming the ‘dog’s breakfast of federalism': why the Commonwealth can’t have its cake and eat it too
Upon reading Issue Paper 1, “Reform of the Federation” (Commonwealth, 2014) and based upon the terms of references of the White Paper itself, it does not seem evident that there is any real intention or attention being given to actually distributing power to the States and Territories, and local governments, a transfer of authority that theoretically would motivate subnational government(s) “…to plan and manage investment and service-delivery ‘... Read more