This book is a major work on federalism and intergovernmental relations in Australia. It moves beyond familiar discussions about reforming the federal system to address the practical means by which reform can be achieved. The book adopts a hard-headed approach to the question of how reform is being advanced and suggests ways in which it might be accomplished in the future.
The matters considered in this book range from the political to the constitutional, the legal to the economic. They include the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), intergovernmental agreements, referenda and public opinion. The collection offers in-depth analysis of recent developments, such as the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations and the creation of the COAG Reform Council.
A special feature is case studies analysing the path to reform in health, higher education, water management, and childcare and violence against women.
The volume brings together perspectives of those working in government and in academia. It is an essential text for readers wanting to understand the emerging currents and new challenges in reform of the Australian Federation.
Part 1. Intergovernmental Relations: Recent Developments and Future Directions, Part 2. Intergovernmental Grants and Federal Reform, Part 3. Legal Mechanisms and Federal Reform, Part 4. Case Studies in Federal Reform, Part 5. The Constitution and Federal Reform