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Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Coronavirus’s painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

State and local government jobs are being axed, public schools won't get money the state planned to send them, and fire and police departments budgets are being slashed. All because of the pandemic.
Johnstone Shire Hall was the birthplace of an ambitious partnership between 11 local governments in 1944. Together, they led a regional post-war reconstruction agenda in North Queensland. State Library of Queensland

Lessons from history point to local councils’ role in Australia’s recovery

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regional Australia needs local government to emulate the example of the local councils that brought prosperity to North Queensland after the second world war.
When is the right time to wave the green flag? Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

Who’s in charge of lifting lockdowns?

Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.
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Smart city or not? Now you can see how yours compares

A new report assesses the smart city performance of local government areas representing 85% of Australia's population. NSW leads the way, and all the leading performers are in the major cities.
Tianjin Garden at the northern end of Spring Street is a symbol of Melbourne’s 40-year friendship with its sister city, Tianjin. Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock

After 40 years of Australian-Chinese sister cities, how are they faring?

Australian city councils appreciate the social and educational benefits of having Chinese sister cities. Gaining new markets and attracting tourists and investment have proved more challenging.
Abandoned trolleys litter a roadside in Whalan, a suburb in Sydney’s outer west. Shutterstock

The war on abandoned trolleys can be won. Here’s how

Abandoned trolleys are an all-too-common sight. A solution to this intractable problem depends on a combination of policy and legal changes, public engagement and tracking technology.
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Is there any point in recycling?

There are lots of issues with recycling – but it's still an important part of society's efforts to live more sustainably.

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