Posts Tagged ‘ federalism ’

Rudd is testing the patience of voters

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

While the conservative side of politics considers abandoning economic credibility for populism, voters are growing wary - if not weary - of the Rudd style. The early, euphoric symbolism of ratifying Kyoto and saying Sorry is being displaced by a harsh reality that Rudd is no messiah.

Full marks for old-school Rudd

Sep 2nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Julia Gillard flagged Labor’s intentions in school education during an interview on the ABC in August. At the moment state and territory governments, supported by teachers’ unions, refuse to provide meaningful statistics. So it is impossible to determine which schools are achieving the best results and which are the best managed.

Julia Gillard warning to states on national IR system

Aug 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The states are expected to resist the push by the Federal Government to take over industrial relations, while the unions have complained that too few details have emerged to date on the shape of the proposed system. However, ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said a national system could still be delivered within the framework of the government’s existing Forward with Fairness policy.