Former chancellor Osborne's plans were too limited to be useful. Here's how devolution should be done.
Evidence from the UK experience suggests there are pros and cons in both City Deals and Devolution Deals.
The Turnbull government's cities policy is the latest incarnation of 'the-Commonwealth-knows-best' approach, with little regard for whether urban issues are best resolved at the metropolitan level.
With a strategic plan adopted, it not only shows where development should be avoided but clears the way for development in other areas. So Perth needs to get it right.
The Turnbull government sees the 'City Deal' as a way for 'smart cities' to drive innovation and growth. But what is the value proposition behind this UK concept and how might it work in Australia?
The new cities minister apparently shares the Property Council and KPMG's enthusiasm for the UK 'City Deals' model, but he should look more closely at this 'tried and tested' model before adopting it.