End of the States?

Is the apparent success of the new Federal Health funding
takeover, the beginning of the end for the extremely
inefficient & very costly State Governments? Without any
Legislative change, Rudd will now start doling out the $5B
to all the participating States (I believe unconstitutional) for
improvements to hospital emergency services. This must
ultimely cause Colin Barnett to cave in. With that success under
his belt, will the next step be to take the financially unviable
Electricity off the States & use this ploy to block any increase in
GST? Then Housing etc. Not wishing to be too cynical, but it
has, throughout Australia's history, always been a bane on
the ruling Federal Party, that the States are usually won by
the Opposition Party. Quite apart from the cost factor, I think
that both Parties would love to see the demise of the State
Governments for political purposes. The only obvious blocker
to this incidious movement would be the desire of Western Australia
to eventually set themselves up as a new Country.

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Is the apparent success of the new Federal Health funding

takeover, the beginning of the end for the extremely

inefficient & very costly State Governments? Without any

Legislative change, Rudd will now start doling out the $5B

to all the participating States (I believe unconstitutional) for

improvements to hospital emergency services. This must

ultimely cause Colin Barnett to cave in. With that success under

his belt, will the next step be to take the financially unviable

Electricity off the States & use this ploy to block any increase in

GST? Then Housing etc. Not wishing to be too cynical, but it

has, throughout Australia's history, always been a bane on

the ruling Federal Party, that the States are usually won by

the Opposition Party. Quite apart from the cost factor, I think

that both Parties would love to see the demise of the State

Governments for political purposes. The only obvious blocker

to this incidious movement would be the desire of Western Australia

to eventually set themselves up as a new Country.

Innes, I don't see your post as cynical at all. I've seen similar discussions elsewhere, and indeed, even debates on whether we are over-governed.

John Howard was often described by Rudd (while in Opposition), as a 'cunning politician'.

Personally I think Rudd is far more cunning, and is power hungry. Would not surprise me one bit, if what you describe, is his ambition.

I do think we need at some stage to look at the different levels of Govt. I think we need the State Govts, and councils for example, could be amalgamated into State Govt.

I think we need the State Govts, and councils for example, could be amalgamated into State Govt.



Im agree Koko. I cant imagine the mess we would get into with no State governments, even as hopeless as they appear, and the delays in getting things done with a Centralised government.



It may be another of Rudd's fanciful ideas, after the battles he had at the recent COAG but I'm hoping it doesn't happen



Now WA becoming another country does sound interesting. With their mining wealth they wouldn't need the Commonwealth and where would that leave the rest of us? For years here in SA we have been promised better times on the back of our Uranium mining, but nothing has happened and our living standards are still diminishing.

I think these are all good points Koko & Tanwin but, it would seem

to me that it is not the State Governments per se. I think we have

23 Ministers in NSW, of which 8 or 9 are just repeats of the Federal

Ministry. It wouldn't be so bad if every one of these didn't lead another

redundant bureaucracy. Take Housing as an example. We have a

massive Federal Dept., whose job is create & exercise Australian

policy, then create & write Commonwealth/State housing agreements

then dole out the money to the States. We then have massive

bureaucracies repeated in every State & to add insult to injury, most

Councils have a further Housing Dept., There is more money spent on

public servants than is spent on actual housing

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