Thinking Big: Public opinion and options for reform of Australia's federal system

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Title Thinking Big: Public opinion and options for reform of Australia's federal system
Author Brown, Alexander Jonathan
Journal Name Public Policy
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Curtin University of Technology
Abstract After decades of debate, options have sharpened for the scope and process for meaningful reform of Australia's federal system. Signs can be found in public support for the Rudd government's short-term drive to reform intergovernmental relations, and the prominence of further reform proposals in the Australia 2020 'Ideas Summit' of April 2008. Following the summit theme of 'thinking big', this paper examines Australian citizens' attitudes towards the extent of reform needed or possible for 'fixing' the problems of Australian federalism, revealed by an Australian Research Councilfunded constitutional values survey conducted by the author and colleagues in May 2008. The extent and depth of public sympathy for reform demonstrates the importance of an approach which embraces the medium and long-term development of Australia's system of governance, in addition to short-term improvements. Large sections of Australia's citizenry have the capacity to 'think big' about reform of the federal system by 2020. In conclusion an argument is made for reform processes that heed this evidence and maximise this opportunity.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Curtin University. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 4
Issue Number 1
Page from 30
Page to 50
ISSN 1833-2110
Date Accessioned 2010-02-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy; Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Griffith Law School
Subject Constitutional Law
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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