There is also a push for a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians inthe constitution, but Ms Gillard says senior Indigenous leaders have advisedher that this is not the right time to put that question to the Australian people.
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First posted Thu May 9, 2013 11:13am AEST
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1:31 PM on 09/05/2013
I wonder why it was knocked back in 74 and 88. Will the forces of negativity thatpervade our political debate at the moment come out of the woodwork againwithout giving any thought to the issues?Come on barnaby, get on board.
1:30 PM on 09/05/2013
If I were a cynic I would suggest that this is a means whereby a federalgovernment could push federal funds to its own "safe" seats or pet project areasdespite sitting in a potentially opposition state, and theoretically bypassing thestate government.If there is direct federal funding to local councils, there is also direct federalinfluence, which might not be in the interests of the state as a whole, especiallyif state and federal governments are of different parties
1:22 PM on 09/05/2013
There are too many levels of government. I do not like it. I will vote NO. Wehave too much bureaucracy and my experience in a regional area is that thelocal council is a complete waste of space. We need them amalgamated and
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