Referendum on Local Government

REFERENDUM: CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

It is proposed to amend the Constitution to read: The Parliament may grant financial assistance to any State, or to any local government body formed by a law of a State, on such terms and conditions as the Parliament thinks fit.”

Against case: The proposed changes are not a good idea as it will undermine the Authority of the States and will increase the Commonwealth’s power.

For case: In the recent past there have been two court cases where the Commonwealth’s ability to directly fund the delivery of a a myriad of social services by Local Government bodies (such as local Councils). Changing the Constitution as proposed will ensure many social services can continue.

Please consider the detailed information handed out on election day on this matter.

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