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May 20, 2005

We live in a very different political climate these days to those of the last decade. As George Williams observes:

Australia's federal system is going through change and turmoil like we have not seen since the Whitlam government of the 1970s.The Federal Government will soon outline its plan to take over the field of industrial relations. It continues to debate the states on their share of GST revenue and it has now said it will seize control of the nation's ports.

Bill Leak

Memebers of the Howard Government,such as John Anderson the Deputy Prime Minister, cannot even be bothered consulting or negotiating with the states over the proposed federal takeover of port infrastructure. The strategy is to coerce the states to hand over their powers to gain access to federal money. The states learnt about the proposals through the media.

Canberra has become hostile to the states. It's that simple.

Update: May 22nd
The above argument is supported. It highlights the wider use of national regulation to progressively push into state areas. The spread of regulatory regimes is the new way of Australian national politics that restrains what the states can do in areas such as electricity, water industrial regulation, education etc.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:14 AM | | Comments (0)