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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@ Charlie (sorry mate old age): I am simply asking if the people of Alice should make a petition for Assange? If yes, then the petition should be presented to the council which in turn will present it to the Feds.

Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange
The situation of Assange is terrible, but like John Bell I fail to understand what the council can do about it when there is nothing it can do about the crimes in our town.
Australian politicians are in a position to advocate for Julian Assange and have, thus far, failed to do so. How could our Councillors succeed?
The role of each councillor is to:
• Represent the interests of electors, ratepayers and residents.
• Provide leadership and guidance to the community.
• Facilitate two-way communication between the community and the council; and
• Participate in decision making processes at meetings.
Nothing here indicates it can get involved with Federal decisions.

Old Timers Village resident locked in
Thank you Erwin, now we know.

Old Timers Village resident locked in
@ Mecchi: You know it takes two to tango, so unless you speak to the daughter to have her side of the story, you have not the full picture.
[ED – We gave the daughter two invitations to comment and sent her several questions. Her answer: “None of your business.” Erwin Chlanda, Editor.]

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