To resist mergers, councils in city areas will need to secure much wider support, writes Amelia Thorpe.
The referendum campaign on local government is likely to leave voters confused, bored or both. But there are better ways to communicate the cases for and against, write Jackie Hartley and Paul Kildea.
The local government referendum to change the Constitution on September 14 is a small-target strategy that could backfire, argues Rosalind Dixon.
The role of local government has expanded over the last century, assuming greater responsibilities in service-delivery. In light of this, formal recognition in the Constitution is seen by many as a must, writes Shipra Chordia.
Recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution can ensure that direct federal funding for local community infrastructure and services continues, writes George Williams.
The Gillard government must act swiftly to educate the public if a referendum to allow federal funding of local councils is to succeed this year, argues Professor George Williams.