RAJ REPORT

Would COMPETITIVE FEDERALISM and a New State in North Queensland led to a better result for the Aquis Casino in gaining approvals .Instead of waiting for the State Government in Brisbane to decide——–(A) single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.

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COMPETITiVE FEDERALISM

Bryan Pape*

(A) single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel  social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.

1 Federalism is about competition among the States. It serves not so much to  empower the States but to discipline them.

2  Tax competition among States rather than tax collusion  is an objective to be sought in its own right.

3 Reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy won’t do it.4

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

The practical implementation of competitive federalism has been ignored, if not  shunned by all parties both at federal and state levels. Labor hates the idea of  federalism. Is it any wonder that Australian productivity rates for several years were  stationary and are now shrinking.   Long overdue is the need for rigorous fiscal discipline to be imposed through  competition among the States.  The aim of this essay is to show how competition between the states is an essential  element in improving national productivity. To achieve this increase in productivity  voters need to embrace the idea of limited Government. It is directly opposed to the  present received wisdom of the ‘nanny state,’ where every ill or disadvantage is to be  cured by Government.

As Goethe said,

‘the best government is that which teaches us  to govern ourselves’

 

 

 

bryanpape.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Competitive-Federalism-PDF.pdf.

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