As could be expected, and with almost predictable regularity, the debate over Australia becoming a republic is slowly starting to gain momentum again. This time it is being helped along by those who are feeling the early stages of relevance deprivation syndrome, in no part due to this country’s new found interest with the monarchy. Dr Williams’ article in The Courier Mail being the most recent case.
Whilst this discussion may be an emotive subject for the average Australian, the relevance and importance of Australia becoming a republic is of little consequence to reducing the increasing pressure that we are all under to make ends meet, whilst the far more relevant question is not even being whispered.
Do we need to have state governments?
For a relatively small nation of 22 Million people, we appear to be over governed and I doubt that there would be anyone, apart from politicians, who would disagree with it.
The existence of three levels of government is restricting the economic growth of this country, and wasting tax payers money due to the duplication and triplication of responsibilities.
Funding for roads, health and education are a prime example of this. Looking at roads in particular, each level of government has particular roads that they are responsible for. All of which are in a state of disrepair.
How many State Government approved projects though out the country, have been canceled after they were rejected by the Federal Government?
Two examples from Queensland over the past few years come to mind straight away.
In 2009 we saw the Traverston Dam Project, which had been approved by the Bligh Labor Government, rejected by then Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett.
And more recently, the Alpha Coal Project approved by the Campbell Newman led LNP Government, and delayed by the current Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke.