Solar downtown: state-level policies led to a surge in solar adoption and energy efficiency measures in the late 2000s.
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States and regions are taking the lead on climate change action and, so far, are seeing economic and environmental benefits.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform.
Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s recent comment was easy to misinterpret but ultimately correct.
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It would be easy to misinterpret a recent comment by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison as meaning that states and territories generate 90% of all revenue collected in Australia. That's not the case.
Australia’s government leaders are yet to unite on tax reform.
A package of tax reform, including a GST with a broader base, would help grow the Australian economy.
The issue came to a head last year when the federal budget ripped billions of dollars of hospital funding from the states.
State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. But what exactly is the problem they're hoping to address?
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
The federation’s problems have outlasted the leaders who sought transformative reforms a decade ago; their successors must be wholly committed and follow democratic principles if they are to do any better.
The federalism discussion paper is out and the prime minister has called a leaders' 'retreat' to consider it. They should build on the Constitution's democratic principles to make the federation work better.
Bill Shorten is facing a challenging winter recess.
The parliamentary budget session has ended with Tony Abbott having reason to feel a good deal more confident than Bill Shorten.
Tony Abbott has released the federalism discussion paper.
Allowing states to raise their own income tax and changing the way the GST is carved up are among options put in the government's discussion paper on reform of Australia's federation.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne was fast to dismiss the idea of wealthy parents paying for public school.
First it was the tax paper falling victim to the exigencies of politics; now it’s the federalism one. Neither is finished but already the government has, under sharp political pressure, ruled certain options…
You take the high road and I’ll take the low road.
There were two winners on Thursday night and they may well find themselves on a collision course in the new parliament.
The first budget for Victoria’s Labor government is aimed at education, health and transport.
The first budget handed down by Victorian Labor government emphasises expenditure in traditional areas of education, health and transport.
Australia needs a new Federal Compact to supplement a Constitution now empty of meaning.
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There is almost nothing in the Constitution that helps us make the system function, as against a mass of gaps and silences that are the sources of our problems.
The Australian newspaper reported that the Federal Treasurer has refused to back down on a proposed $4 billion cut to schools and hospital funding – a move that will anger the states.
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The government’s attempt to engage the States on one hand while whipping them with the other does not augur well for tackling growing health and education costs -- or for lasting federal reform.
Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has not responded happily to hints by federal government ministers that his state must privatise assets if they want a larger slice of the GST pie.
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Western Australia should not be bullied into microeconomic reform and privatisation by the federal government while their slice of the GST is held to ransom.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics, including why Western Australia is wild about a possible cut in its share of GST revenue.
The education issues paper for the federalism white paper says perhaps education is best left up to those closer to it: the states and territories.
Released two days before Christmas, you could be forgiven for missing the issues paper on government roles and responsibilities in education that is part of the process in developing the federalism white…
Two issues papers give a recipe to reforming federalism, if we care to follow it.
Australia’s Reform of the Federation taskforce has released two major issues papers on the scrambled roles and responsibilities of governments in the areas of housing and homelessness, and health. The…
The growing chronic disease burden will require not only greater focus on prevention, but also innovative treatment.
Australia’s health care arrangements do not work well for those with complex and chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer and mental illness, according to a federal government paper. These people need…
UK in tatters?
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The new proposals for extending more powers to Scotland by the Smith Commission are radical: devolving extensive tax and welfare powers will make Scotland one of the most autonomous regions in western…