Local Government proposal
Whether local councils, the tier of government which is closest to people’s everyday lives, should be recognised in the Australian Constitution, possibly in s 96 so that C’th can directly grant money to them.
- Change the Constitution from a two tier system to a three tier one
- Allow the Federal government to directly fund local councils
- Circumvents the states, increasing the power of the central gov’t whilst decreasing the power of the States
- The gov’t would use s 96 to dictate State spending in relation to local councils
- Coercive federalism would increase
- Seems to be a power-grab by the Feds
- States are opposed to it
- ‘Constitutional recognition of Local Government could be a further step in the 21st century’s centralisation of power, or a revival of Federalism suited for a 21st century Australia – Cheryl Saunders of MelbU
- Not likely to pass even though it seems innocent
- Support has died out, Abbott does not seem to be keen on passing it
Mentioned in syllabus, but no longer a current reform proposal.