Recent history tells us that we should be cautious about newly minted prime ministers promising to fix the federation, writes Paul Kildea.
Tony Abbott has promised a new way forward for federal-state relations if the Coalition wins government. But will he find the federal lever of power too tempting not to pull, ask Andrew Lynch and Shipra Chordia.
Our anti-terrorism laws are unnecessary, go too far and lack appropriate safeguards. Two recent independent reports make it clear the laws need urgent repair, or even repeal, argues George Williams.
The rollout of the NDIS is a step forward in establishing universal disability support for all Australians, but as always, the devil is in the detail, write Karen Soldatic and Leanne Dowse.
A lengthy legal battle over the Murray-Darling between the states and the Commonwealth may have disastrous implications for policy-making in this area, argues Shipra Chordia.
In our desire to “end the blame game”, do we expect too much from the various governments in Australia’s federal system, asks Professor Andrew Lynch.
The process governing federal-state relations has been hampered by a breakdown in trust, writes Paul Kildea.