by Alison Ryan
To quote Kim Beasley in federal parliament “the United Nations has given the federal government a mandate of ownership for housing, property, farms and business to government control once the republic has been proclaimed”.
To quote Bob Hawke “the Fabian Society acknowledges the principal tenet of Marxism, the abolition of private property, in this case to own land”.
Despite these two quotes, we still have the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act in force, albeit the latest version.
In 2014 former PM Tony Abbott started the Federation White Paper process but it fizzled out. https://www.themandarin.com.au/64341-happened-federalism-white-paper/
Why? The “feds gave up when they realised it would probably miss the original deadline of late 2015 and may not be finished before the election”, “federal reform was treated as something that concerns a very small range of stakeholders — governments and bureaucracies,” and “There was no consideration that this is something that affects the lives and wellbeings of all Australians”.
Indeed, there was no response to the average Aussie when enquiring on its progress.
Interestingly though, the Mandarian (in 2016) says, “work on the federation will continue through the Council of Australian Government”.
The expert panel for the Fed. White Paper consisted of Prof Greg Craven, Cheryl Edwardes AM, Dr Doug McTaggart, Alan Stockdale, Ms Jennifer Westacott, Dr John Bannon (dec) and key areas of reform were health, education and housing, homelessness.
Of note the Terms of Reference stated: ‘Within the constitutional framework, consideration will be given to:
– the practicalities of limiting Commonwealth policies and funding to core national interest
matters, as typified by the matters in section 51 of the Constitution;
– reducing or, if appropriate, eliminating overlap between Local, State and Commonwealth
– achieving agreement between State and Commonwealth governments about their distinct and mutually exclusive responsibilities and subsequent funding sources for associated programmes; and
– achieving equity and sustainability in the funding of any programmes that are deemed to be the responsibility of more than one level of government (emphasis added).
We should watch NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet who is saying “Australia needs a federal review informed by the past two years of combating the pandemic”. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/pandemic-lessons-for-nought-without-federation-reform/news-story/52e81cdebf2aca1c45eb3c9f59cf15a6
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act protects against acquisition of property on unjust terms Section 51 (xxxi), and cannot authorize any form of civil conscription re medical services Section (xxiiiA).