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Australian public policyProgressive ideas in the neo-liberal ascendency$
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Chris Miller and Lionel Orchard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.001.0001

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Federalism and intergovernmental relations

Federalism and intergovernmental relations

Chapter:
(p.315) Eighteen Federalism and intergovernmental relations
Source:
Australian public policy
Author(s):

Robyn Hollander

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312673.003.0018

Does federalism hinder or help progressive public policy? In Australia, opportunities for policy diversity haves been frustrated by the commonwealth's expansion into areas of state responsibility. This expansion has been made possible by its control of taxation and the resulting ‘vertical fiscal imbalance’ and the High Court's interpretation of the constitution. Centralisation has made it easier for the neo-liberal agenda to gain ascendancy over alternatives. The chapter maps out Australia's federal landscape and the growth of commonwealth influence before canvassing some options for reform of Commonwealth-State relations, the realignment of federal roles and responsibilities, and a rethinking of the distribution of resources.

Keywords:   Australian federalism, Commonwealth-State relations, vertical fiscal imbalance, federal roles and responsibilities, progressive public policy

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