This page provides access to material addressing the idea that the Australian states should be abolished. It's the result of a group of us having met for dinner to discuss the subject. If you're interested in the subject, or just like discussing constitutional reform over a fine Mongolian lamb, then
drop me a line.
Caveat: A link from this page does not necessarily imply that I or the ASC agree with anything the document on the other end says. In particular, we aren't affiliated with any of the organisations to which this page has links. All links are provided as a service to readers to assist them in educating themselves about these issues and/or finding a group with which they have enough in common to want to assist.
Other Organisations: This section contains pointers to the web pages of other organisations interested in this issue. It has no delusions of completeness, so if you would like your organisation's web page included, send me mail.
David Bofinger's thoughts, constantly under revision. I had to write these for my own benefit, I've added a link to make them accessible to other members of the collective so I can parasitise comments from their superior knowledge.
A presentation from the Shed a Tier conference organised by Jim Snow.
John August has generated some digests (first, second and third) summarising discussions on the ASC mailing list.
At a recent meeting in Albury-Wodonga New South Wales and Victoria agreed, amongst other things, to combine the local governments of Albury (New South Wales) and Wodonga (Victoria) into a single trans-state body. I think this is an event with potentially enormous consequences for governmental change in Australia.
It would be good if someone, perhaps several someones, would write up a review of the decisions made, their potential consequences and the principles behind them. Max Bradley has agreed to do this, but that shouldn't stop others putting their personal slant on it.
I'd like to personally commend the premiers of New South Wales and Victoria for these initiatives. If you agree with me that abolition of the Australian states is a good end to work for I'd encourage you to write to your state premier. If your state happens to be New South Wales or Victoria, commend them and urge them to go further. If you come from another state, urge them to follow the New South Welsh-Victorian lead. If you're from some other country entirely then you'll have to think of something to say yourself.
None of this should be taken to imply approval or disapproval of the policies and/or conduct of the Carr and Bracks governments generally just support for this policy in particular, and encouragement for them to go further.