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Unscrambling the federalism omelette

Professor A J Brown writes in The Conversation (12.12.14) that:  ‘Australia’s Reform of the Federation taskforce has released two major issues papers on the scrambled roles and responsibilities of governments in the areas of housing and homelessness, and health. The way the reform taskforce has analysed the funding flows and current roles and responsibilities in these two complex policy areas show the first signs of how meaningful reform might be achieved.’  …

‘Like any recipe, our new federal blueprint is still going to have many of the same ingredients and deal with all the same problems. But by giving us a clearer understanding of our present scramble, the issues papers give us a new basis for imagining what kind of recipe might work better, across different portfolios – something for which Australian citizens have plenty of appetite.’

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