Saunders, Cheryl: Making federalism work

Saunders, Cheryl

Federalism is a natural fit for Australia, but we need to make it work‘, The Conversation, 24 September 2014

The author concludes that ‘abandonment of federalism is not desirable … It is impossible to imagine democracy without federalism in a country with Australia’s geographical size, history and characteristics.’ She believes the key challenges are fiscal imbalance, countering a drive towards uniformity – by recognising that not all co-ordination requires uniformity – and reinvigorating the states, which have become run down. The article is one of a series running in The Conversation on federalism and most are linked from this article. A later one is here.

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