Sunday 25th January, 2015

Australian Conservative

Labor’s local government referendum “unnecessary and dangerous,” IPA says

Giving Canberra more power over local government will weaken Australian democracy, the Institute of Public affairs says in a fact sheet on the Gillard Government’s proposed Local Government Referendum amendment.

The IPA says the change to the Constitution, if passed, will:

• Enable the federal government to micromanage local communities
• Concentrate power in Canberra and reduce democratic control of councils by ratepayers
• Undermine state governments and weaken the Constitution’s system of checks and balances

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