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Federation foibles and public policy

David Donaldson reports in The Mandarin (15.8.14) that Gary Sturgess suggests that ‘Perverse incentives and blurred lines of responsibility create problems in the running of the federation, but the solution should focus on greater co-ordination, rather than just transferring power to the states. … The problem is that the current federal boundary lines ‘encourage game playing’ in social policy.  In particular, the way health systems are divided between the Commonwealth and states is ‘bizarre to the point of gross irresponsibility.’

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