Abbott seeks bipartisan state reform deal


Mr Abbott will use the speech to unveil an eminent person’s group comprising former South Australian Labor premier John Bannon, former Victorian Liberal treasurer Alan Stockdale and high-profile figures Greg Craven, Jennifer Westacott, Cheryl Edwards and Doug McTaggart.

“Because it involves numerous governments of different political persuasion, reforming the federation will require people from across the usual political divides and from different levels of government to work together over an extended period of time,” Mr Abbott will say.

Mr Abbott admits that as health minister in the Howard government, the frustrating experience of trying to get state health systems to co-operate turned him from a federalist into a “pragmatic nationalist”.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants a bipartisan approach to changes to the way the state and federal governments co-operate.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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