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Restructuring Australia (2004)
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Restructuring Australia (2004)

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Published 2004. Federation Press. Soft Cover.
The Australian system of government is now over a century old. The country has changed out of all recognition; does the structure of government need change also? Restructuring Australia provides accessible accounts of current debate on three key issues: regionalism, republicanism and reform of the nation-state. Leading commentators from across the political spectrum ask the fundamental questions: what do Australians want and need from their system of government and what role will structural reform play in delivering this vision in the twenty-first century? The first section of the book examines whether Australia, as a nation, has the right territorial structure of government. Should we have more or fewer or different States? Or is Australia’s current federal constitutional structure still appropriate despite the modern shape of Australian regionalism? The second theme is the role Australians want for their official head-of-state: who should be head-of-state, what relationship should they have with the Australian people, and what process should be involved? The final section considers where Australia’s structure of government stands in relation to the outside world. It analyses how Australia’s structure of government is performing in light of worldwide changes in the role of the nation-state, and asks how structural reforms might help the Australian nation-state to operate in a globalising world. Contributors: Tony Abbott, Geoffrey Blainey, David Flint, Brian Galligan, Ian Gray, Linda Hancock, Reuben Humphries, Chris Hurford, Mark McKenna, Allan Patience, Charles Sampford, Cheryl Saunders, Jim Soorley, George Winterton, Klaas Woldring. CONTENTS Restructuring Australia AJ Brown and Wayne Hudson Part I Regionalism Regionalism: an introduction AJ Brown What is regionalism? Ian Gray Why every major region should be its own State Geoffrey Blainey Do we need a federal system? The case for abolishing State governments Jim Soorley A republican federation of regions: re-forming a wastefully governed Australia Chris Hurford The constitutional framework for a regional Australia Cheryl Saunders Part II Republicanism Republicanism: an introduction Wayne Hudson Australian republicanism, sovereignty and the States David Flint The republic, democracy and reconciliation Mark McKenna A maximalist republic: achieving constitutional change by a strategic, participative process Klaas Woldring A model for electing the Australian president George Winterton Political parties and constitutional change Brian Galligan Part III Reform of the Nation-State Reform of the nation-state: an introduction AJ Brown Globalisation, identities and the Australian nation-state Wayne Hudson Restructuring Australia: from economic to social to political change Linda Hancock Responsible federalism Tony Abbott From One Nation to new nation: Australian federalism in a globalising world Allan Patience Go global, think local: rethinking national constitutions in the age of globalisation Charles Sampford and AJ Brown Regionalism, republicanism and the role of the nation-state: a young person’s perspective Reuben Humphries Index
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