Jamie McIntyre on Elimination of State Governments
Jamie McIntyre on Elimination of State Governments:
Original Article Published on 21stCenturyNews by AAP and Staff Reporter
Julia Gillard reckons if Australia’s founding fathers had their time over they would have done away with the states, even if it meant sending footy fans mad.
The prime minister says she has days when she sits in her office and thinks life would be easier if she didn’t have to negotiate with state governments.
“The truth is if you were starting again from a blank page … I don’t think you’d create the one (system of government) that we’ve got now with three tiers – local, state and federal,” she told ABC radio on Friday.
“I think you would create a two-tier system with large regional councils which intersected with a federal government.”
Acknowledging that despite her observations Australia would not be getting rid of the states any time soon, Ms Gillard said there were actually days of really productive discussions with state governments.
“As the level of government closer in to service delivery, they have been prepared to work with us to really do the right thing for change,” she said.
Ms Gillard gave NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell a big tick as the first state leader to sign on for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“And what would we do without State of Origin (rugby league) matches and the like,” she said.
“People would go a bit mad.”
Recently 21st Century News published an article regarding the elimination of state governments mentioning that according to the third biennial constitutional values survey, two-thirds of Australians do not believe that the state and federal governments are working well together, with confidence in the federal government as the most effective level of government falling from 50 per cent in 2008 to 29 per cent.
Education, transport, health and infrastructure should not be state based systems; they should be federal and singular nationwide systems. The states are all united to be a part of one country, he said.
Mr McIntyre went on to say that it would be ideal if a state appointed federal ministers were appointed to oversee the interests of the state.
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