Productivity Commission recipe for effective government

The Productivity Commission has released its first ever five-year productivity review, called ‘Shifting the Dial’. It was released in conjunction with the Commission’s annual report. It is “a look out across the landscape of factors and influences that may affect Australia’s economic performance over the medium term, in order to offer advice on where our […]

Renewables, climate and intergovernmental relations – OPINION

The Federal Government’s refusal to adopt the Chief Scientist’s recommendation for a Clean Energy Target has been roundly criticised by its political opponents. As you would expect. But what does it mean for the relationships between Australia’s different levels of government? The Government’s new policy sees the end of any subsidy for renewable energy after […]

Raft of cost savings reforms at risk after Budget

The Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government has warned that an essential coordination mechanism between Canberra, the states and councils has been sacrificed in the Budget following the axing of the COAG Reform Council.

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