Subsidiarity or subterfuge? Resolving the future of local government in the Australian federal system

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Title Subsidiarity or subterfuge? Resolving the future of local government in the Australian federal system
Author Brown, Alexander Jonathan
Journal Name Australian Journal of Public Administration
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract During Australia's centenary of federation (2001), the author, Local Government Association of Queensland and CourierMail newspaper surveyed 1,264 Queenslanders for their attitudes to future constitutional change, including a sample of 259 local government opinion leaders from across the state. The results of this pilot suggest ongoing political, functional and theoretical challenges surrounding the position of local government in Australia. Only 22 percent of local government respondents indicated a preference for the federal system to remain the same in another 100 years, against 70+ percent preferring significant structural change (50 percent seeking regional governments that replace the states). This higherthanexpected interest in change suggests that ongoing national reviews of the position of local government will need to reconsider federalism's values and structures from first principles, including engagement by Commonwealth and states alike with the principle of 'subsidiarity', if they are to deliver any longterm gains.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-8500.00297
Alternative URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111%2F1467-8500.00297
Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 61
Issue Number 4
Page from 24
Page to 42
ISSN 0313-6647
Date Accessioned 2003-04-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6519
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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