Parkes is known as the 'Father of Federation'. His tireless championing of a united Australia brought the colonies together and set them on a course for nationhood.
Every year or so, rumblings emerge from Western Australia that it might leave the Federation, however these threats are largely empty words, writes George Williams.
There is a clear need for federal reform. The starting point must be recognition of how much Australia has to gain from a system that fosters competition and diversity, rather than mere national control, writes George Williams.