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A corona communique to Pirate Pete and pals: how about we fix federation before trying a republic?

14 April 2020

10:59 AM

14 April 2020

10:59 AM

It was former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating who supposedly said ‘Never get between a Premier and a bag of cash’.

And Australians have learnt to get out of the way.

Federalism is, to say the least, messy. Even well before responding to coronavirus, it had become synonymous with overlap, duplication, waste and blame between state and federal governments.

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