The National Cabinet was formed to develop a rapid response to COVID among federal, state and territory governments. But can it be adapted to function into the future?
National cabinet, like COAG before it, had early success that then dissolved into discord. It will survive the pandemic - but the question is whether it will be effective.
The legal decision that national cabinet is not a cabinet means how the body operates, and the decisions it makes, cannot be protected by cabinet confidentiality.
The much-heralded success of the national cabinet is more related to the extraordinary circumstance in which it operates than its revolutionary design.
Now the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has been scrapped, there’s a real chance for health to remain on the national agenda. But let’s not repeat mistakes of the past.
Scott Morrison will support a reform process which will establish the national cabinet permanantly
The Morrison government has announced an end to mass gatherings in light of the escalation of the coronavirus.
The Morrison government aims to encourage the recycling of plastics, as well as committing financial assistance for upgrading infrastructure to boost the capacity for this waste to be reused.
Australia can become a renewable energy exporting superpower, but timidity won’t get us there.
The health program was unveiled as the federal, state and territories meet in Adelaide on Wednesday for the Council of Australian Governments with health one of the items on the agenda.
The Morrison and Berejiklian governments might be of the same stripe but, with both facing elections in the first half of 2019, their interests rub up against each other uncomfortably.
NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
The National Energy Guarantee faces a crunch test this week. And if the climate wars of the past few decades are any guide, Australian policies more often sink than swim when the waters get choppy.
Public hospitals in Australia are owned and operated by state (and territory) governments. So why does the Commonwealth government attract blame for lack of hospital funding?
As federal and state energy ministers gather to discuss the Turnbull government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee, many of the finer details of the modelling are not yet available.
We can make up 70% of Australia’s projected gas shortfall simply by improving energy efficiency and sensible use of gas alternatives.
The Productivity Commission has recommended reform to the relationship between the federal and state governments. Here are three areas that demand it.
The COAG agreement to share our biometric data - including some photo ID - is an erosion of our privacy and will give people a false sense of comfort.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.