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From COAG to National Cabinet- the Council on Federal Financial Relations

The Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR) has a lot of heavy lifting to do under the new National Federation reform structure. Not only does it have to revise and rationalise National Partnership Agreements, it is at the front and centre of taxation and regulatory reform. In relation to deregulation, as it happens there is [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:54:35+10:00 August 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

From COAG to National Cabinet – Will the New Structure Work?

As the Victorian Parliament’s Federal-State Relations Committee observed in 1998, Prime Minister Hawke expressed a commitment to improving intergovernmental decision-making, following a particularly acrimonious Financial Premiers Conference in June 1990. The first step was to propose a number of procedural changes to the Premiers Conference itself, with the intention to reduce its ad hoc nature, [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:48:44+10:00 August 31st, 2020|Federalism, Governments, National Cabinet|0 Comments

From COAG to National Cabinet – Regulatory Reform

As the Prime Minister told the press club on 26 May: An educated and highly skilled workforce that supports not just a thriving and innovative services sector, but a modern, competitive and advanced manufacturing sector. The skilled labour businesses need to draw on, the affordable and reliable energy they need, the research and technology that [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:19:17+10:00 August 31st, 2020|COAG, National Cabinet, Regulation|0 Comments

From COAG to National Cabinet – Introduction

The time after the Morrison Government’s re-election can be divided in two: Before Covid (BC) and After the Disease (AD). There was a clear enough agenda in the times BC. The Budget was to be ‘back in black’. Focus was to be on ‘congestion busting ‘ bureaucratic and regulatory bottlenecks, with weaknesses in the provision [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:11:34+10:00 August 31st, 2020|COAG, Governments, National Cabinet|0 Comments

The ALP Policy Offering: Bold or Reckless?

The Labor Party provided a bold policy approach at this election. They’ve worked out a ‘small ball’ approach to policy at election time may not work if you want to make big policy decisions once you win. The idea is to build a winning coalition by adding to its trade union and socially progressive base: [...]

By | 2020-01-23T05:05:26+11:00 May 17th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments

The Liberal Party’s Sensibly Centrist Campaign

The election is nearly over. The Liberal Party has rolled out its election campaign. One gets the feel of sensible centrism about it; that is, a campaign that Malcolm Turnbull could have run. Following the near loss in 2016 the Turnbull Government started removing perceived policy barnacles. These included committing to fully funding the pharmaceutical [...]

By | 2020-01-23T05:05:10+11:00 May 17th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments

Australia’s ‘Bull Moose’ Moment

One of the interesting aspects of the 2019 Federal election is the large number of plausible independent candidates in electorates such as Wentworth, Warringah and even Kooyong running against sitting Liberals with sufficient coordination (and funding) such as to be able to run a common advertisement. Amongst the matters pushed by the indies include climate [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:38:24+11:00 May 12th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments


We recently looked at the ALP policy relating to the operation of competition policy. Another area of interest is the proposed Labor approach to international trade agreements. Labor waved through the TP11 legislation – the Trans Pacific Partnership (without the US) to the chagrin of the unions. As Labor Senator Kim Carr said in the [...]

By | 2020-08-31T13:46:33+10:00 November 22nd, 2018|International, Trade|0 Comments