Griffith leads federal reform debate into 2014

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Griffith University is to continue the Sir Samuel Griffith Legacy Series, building on a ground-breaking forum on Australia’s Federal Future which brought senior government officials together with federalism academics to forge a reform agenda. Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor, has announced the continuation of the series in 2014 when it will be hosted by Griffith’s […]

States should lead the way on federal reform

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Australia’s state governments should be leading the way on reform of the federal system, but the jury is out on whether they will seize the chance, according to one of Australia’s top federalism experts. Releasing new analysis from the Australian Constitutional Values Survey, Professor A J Brown of Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public […]

Time to reform ‘discretionary’ grant system

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Australian taxpayers could be better off if the States and Commonwealth carved up grants differently, a leading economic researcher has argued ahead of next Wednesday’s Sir Samuel Griffith Forum on Australia’s Federal Future. Jonathan Pincus, Visiting Professor of Economics at University of Adelaide, has called for a substantial reduction in large and conditional grants made […]

‘Broken’ federal system needs leadership

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One of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers has called on the new Abbott government to make federal reform a priority. Professor George Williams from the University of New South Wales says the absence of policies is now a major hindrance to Australia realising its federal potential. Professor Williams has also renewed a proposal to establish an […]