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Break Up the States

Former NSW Treasury Secretary Percy Allan argues for breaking up the states into 15 to 25 smaller governments.  It is a refreshing alternative to the kneejerk centralisation that characterises the political response to most problems.  Increased jurisdictional competition and regulatory arbitrage would go a long way to solving a host of problems.  Handing more power to Canberra just compounds these problems by making decision-making even more remote from the localised and often tacit knowledge needed to address them.

posted on 06 April 2010 by skirchner in Economics, Politics

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