SPECIAL ISSUE
CONTENTS
  • Section A) The theory and practise of the federal states and multi-level systems of government
  • Section B) Global governance and international organizations
  • Section C) Regional integration processes
  • Section D) Federalism as a political idea
  • Brown AJ
    In Pursuit of the 'Genuine Partnership': Local Government and Federal Constitutional Reform in Australia
    in University of New South Wales Law Journal (The) , Volume 31, Issue 2 ,  2008 ,  435-466
    This article examines the history and immediate prospects of proposals to formally recognise local government in Australia's federal Constitution - a crucial expression of these debates. The first part of the article reviews the history of local government and failed attempts to alter the Constitution to recognise local government in 1974 and 1988. Despite these failures, by 1995 the Commonwealth Government was again committed to federal constitutional recognition, and the election of the Rudd Labor Government in November 2007 brought with it a fresh policy of 'consulting with relevant parties, including the Australian Local Government Association, on the process for achieving constitutional recognition'.
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