Why not follow the advice of our ex-Prime Minister John …

Comment on In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood. by Evelyne Roullet.

Why not follow the advice of our ex-Prime Minister John Howard who declared, speaking on radio 10 years ago: “Australia would be better off without state governments”.
What do state governments actually do?

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In trouble? Time to dust off Statehood.
I cannot see the benefits of Statehood.
Australia’s Constitution provides the basic rules for government. The Constitution (particularly section 51) confers powers to the Commonwealth Parliament to only make laws in specified areas including defence, external affairs, interstate and international trade, taxation, foreign affairs, trading and financial corporations, marriage and divorce, immigration and interstate industrial conciliation and arbitration.
The list of Commonwealth powers in the Constitution does not specifically refer to a number of important areas such as education, the environment, criminal law and roads. However, this does not mean these subjects are outside its authority.
State parliaments are able to legislate on a much wider range of subjects than the Commonwealth Parliament. This is why important areas such as education, crime and roads are regulated primarily by State rather than Commonwealth law.
Although States can pass laws on a wider range of subjects than the Commonwealth, the national government is generally regarded as the more powerful partner.
A principal reason for this is section 109, which provides that where there is an inconsistency between Commonwealth and State laws, the former prevails.
Section 96 of the Constitution allows the Commonwealth to make conditional grants of money to the States for any purpose. This power allows the Commonwealth to influence the way things are done in areas where it has no direct power to pass laws.
The shared roles and responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the States are problematic. They increase the risk of administrative duplication and overlap, higher administrative costs and cost shifting. They are a fertile ground for reduced efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of service delivery.
The division of responsibilities often raises significant problems and contributes to a less functional Federation. This includes poor coordination of planning and service delivery and a lack of accountability over the quality and cost of services provided.

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Namatijira Art Collector, I am in total agreement with you, however Napoleon had nothing to do with “The Nose: Sketches of the Sphinx” by the Dane Frederic Louis Norden were created in 1737 and published in 1755, well before the era of Napoleon.
However, these drawings illustrate the Sphinx without a nose and clearly contradicts the legend If the nose was gone by 1737 at the latest; its removal cannot be blamed on Napoleon’s troops, who visited more than 50 years later.
It is a pity that we do not have a Napoleon in power, because the gallery would have been a built long time ago.

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Hear, hear, Trevor.

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As the public subsidises the trip, the public has the right to know.

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Those two ladies do not realise that by insulting our elected Mayor and Councillors they are insulting the whole community.
Why can’t they admit they stuffed up the project by day one: What is an Aboriginal gallery without Aborigines’ approval?

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All that done before the 2020 elections?

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