Committee green light for local government referendum

By Julian Bajkowski The final report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government has recommended that a referendum be put to electors at the 14th September 2013 federal election despite the relatively short lead-time, but support within the Coalition could be fracturing along Liberal and National party lines. After previously reserving […]

QLD Premier breaks ranks over referendum

By Julian Bajkowski Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has thrown down the gauntlet to other Australian state and territory leaders to back the ‘yes’ case in a proposed referendum on financial recognition of local governments or risk losing billions of dollars of direct Commonwealth funding for council projects and services. In a dramatic escalation of pressure […]

Rees falls short on donation reform

By Angela Dorizas   The New South Wales Government ban on political donations from developers does not go far enough to reform election funding, according to Greens MPs, State Opposition and local government. NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said the ban introduced by Premier Nathan Rees this week included no commitment on banning corporate donations, […]

Double standards on regional planning panels

By Angela Dorizas New South Wales councils have warned that a double standard exists in the rules underpinning the integrity of the new Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP).  The Local Government and Shires Associations of New South Wales have called for state appointed members on the planning panels to declare their pecuniary interests up front. While the Local Government Act requires […]

Suspended minister faces a growing list of allegations

By Staff Writer A string of complaints filed against suspended NSW minister Tony Stewart will now be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the NSW Greens has said. According to media reports, Greens MP Lee Rhiannon has received the latest complaint from a former public servant, who said she felt intimidated by Mr […]


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