Local government requires financial recognition

COMMENT By George Williams There is currently no mention of local government – the third tier of government – in the Australian Constitution. There should be. In 1974 and 1988, proposals were put to the Australian people at referendums to fix this. Both were unsuccessful. In December 2008, the Australian Local Government Association held a […]

$100m for community infrastructure

  Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressing a meeting of local government in Canberra.  Image: ACLG.   By Angela Dorizas Local government will receive $100 million in federal funding for regional and local community infrastructure. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the new funding at the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) meeting at Parliament House in […]

Rudd offers assurance on constitutional reform

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has thrown its weight behind local government’s campaign for constitutional recognition.   In an address to the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) on Friday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he was committed to pursuing a referendum on formal recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution. “Before we took […]

Mayors granted direct access to federal cabinet

More than 400 local government representatives have gathered at Parliament House today for the third meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG). The ACLG, first held in November 2008, is the nation’s largest gathering of mayors and shire presidents at Parliament House. This year’s proceedings follow a new format, with local government representatives […]

Local politicians lead on climate change

  Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong.  Image: Eddie Misic.   By Angela Dorizas Local government has a unique opportunity to lead on climate change action, Minster for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong, has said. In an address to the Australian Local Government Association national general assembly, Senator Wong praised the work of councils […]

Coalition promises direct funding of local government

Leader of the Nationals and shadow minister for local government, Warren Truss.  Image: Eddie Misic. By Angela Dorizas The Coalition has promised to create a $600 million program to repair and rebuild ageing and decaying bridges across Australia, in a shift towards the direct funding of local government, Leader of the Nationals Warren Truss has […]

Disability in Australia is an ‘iceberg’ issue

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services, Bill Shorten.  Image: Eddie Misic.   By Angela Dorizas  Governments at all levels should be doing more to improve disability services in Australia. That was the message from Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten, in his address to the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) national […]

New agenda for roads and transport

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has launched a national local roads and transport policy agenda to provide a framework for local government in responding to federal and state government policies. In presenting the report to the national general assembly of local government, ALGA president Geoff Lake said transport was one of the major areas of […]

New book to encourage women into local politics

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has launched a new resource to encourage more women into politics. The new book, Women in Politics, was launched by ALGA president Geoff Lake at the national general assembly in Canberra. It forms part of ALGA's contribution to the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government campaign and includes […]

Housing ministers create ‘illusion’ of action: ALGA

Sydney is among the worst performers on housing supply and affordability, says National Economics deputy executive director Ian Manning.  By Angela Dorizas State and federal housing ministers have created an “illusion” of government action on housing affordability, the head of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has said. ALGA president, Cr Geoff Lake, accused housing ministers and property […]

ALGA releases election demands

Australian Local Government Association president, Cr Geoff Lake.  Image: Eddie Misic.   By Angela Dorizas The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has launched its ‘10-point plan’ of local government policy priorities. ALGA president Geoff Lake presented the document to Federal Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, at the national general assembly of local government in […]

Federal funding for constitutional reform

Federal Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese.  Image: Eddie Misic. By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has reaffirmed its support for constitutional recognition of local government, announcing a funding commitment of $250,000 towards the campaign. Speaking at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in Canberra today, Minister for Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said the […]

Councils debate population, participation and productivity

By Angela Dorizas More than 700 mayors and councillors from across Australia met in Canberra today for the annual Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly. The conference brings together a number of leaders and experts exploring the theme of ‘Population, Participation and Productivity’. Delegates will debate a number of motions submitted by councils, including […]

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