NSW councils try to turn Page on referendum ‘yes’ case

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Councils in New South Wales have repudiated claims by the state’s Minister for Local Government, Don Page, that an amendment to the Constitution to allow financial recognition of local governments will lead to pork barrelling as baseless scaremongering. As the September 14th referendum debate heats up, joint presidents of […]

Constitutional reform bid on hold

By Julian Bajkowski The prospect of a referendum on direct federal funding to local governments in Australia at this year’s federal election is now effectively dead in the water with the peak national body representing councils moving away from a rushed vote to play for more time to educate a cynical and fatigued electorate. It […]


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