Four in ten voters want state govts abolished
10 April 2010 | 09:49:33 AM | Source: AAP
Only 17 per cent of those surveyed regard the states as the most effective level of government. (AAP)
Four in ten voters favour abolishing state governments and are increasingly looking to the federal
government to fix health and other problems.
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A Newspoll survey, conducted last month for Griffith University’s federalism project and reported in the Weekend Australian, reveals voters view state governments as the least effective level of government.
Support for abolishing state governments has jumped from 31 per cent to 39 per cent in two years, based on the system of government that people would like to see in 20 years.
Only 17 per cent of those surveyed regard the states as the most effective level of government.
People in NSW have the lowest opinion of state governments, with just nine per cent saying they are the most effective, while in Tasmania the figure is 11 per cent.
Queenslanders have the next lowest opinion on 16 per cent.
Federalism project director A J Brown, a professor of public law, told the Weekend Australian that unless the structure of government is addressed, the inevitable result of current trends is that the states will continue withering away as effective partners in the federation.