Bob Hawke Suggests Abolishment of State Government in Australia to take the Nation Forward

Bob Hawke Suggests Abolishment of State Government in Australia to take the Nation Forward

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Ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke has suggested that the best way to fix the country is to shorten the decision making process, bring in quality candidates, and abolish state governments.

Considered one of the best Australian leaders, Hawke used the same address that he used at Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival to push his agenda for federal supremacy.

Being one of his patent arguments for the development of the nation, it dates back to the 1979 Boyer Lecture. Hawke is willing to push the Australian people to think big for the sake of the country and make way for its betterment.

Hawke said, “What we have today – as I have said before – basically represents the meanderings of British explorers across the Australian continent more than 200 years ago”, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

The newspaper quoted Hawke:

“They wandered around and lines were drawn on a map and jurisdiction and governance followed.

“So you have 13 parliaments [including senates] dealing with much the same issues and I believe that the simple fact is the states should be abolished.

“I raised that with my own colleagues and, would you believe it, they are not overly keen on it.

“So many comfortable seats to put bums on in parliaments all over this country, but it seems to me that that is what ought to happen.”

Hawke feels that state boundaries are only necessary for inter-state games and other such interactions.

Founder and leader of 21st Century Australia Party, Jamie McIntyre has been saying ever since he released his book 101 Ways to Improve Australia that state governments need to be abolished.

In 2013, the 21st Century Australia Party’s policy documents also pushed for the elimination of state governments.

The policy document revealed that according to the third biennial constitutional values survey, two-thirds of Australians do not believe that the state and federal governments are working well together, with confidence in the federal government as the most effective level of government falling from 50 per cent in 2008 to 29 per cent.

The findings, published in The Australian, also revealed that 38 per cent of Australians believe the federal system is not working, as opposed to just over 30 per cent in 2008. The resentment seems highest in ACT 57.4 per cent followed by NSW 45.5 per cent.

Mr McIntyre said “Why do we need them? They’re costly and ineffective. Why should we carry the massive cost of three layers of Government, not to mention, the extra administrative burdens on business, as well as additional taxes and inefficiencies.

“Education, transport, health and infrastructure should not be state based systems; they should be federal and singular nationwide systems. The states are all united to be a part of one country,” said McIntyre.

The Griffith University research also reveals that 45.5 per cent of the Australian population does not trust the state government.

Bob Hawke went on to express discontent at the current crop of Australian political candidates.

“I think this is more of a problem for the conservative side of politics than mine, because on our side we tend to have some ideology-driven mood which brings up good people…You just look at it: you have a businessman, a good bloke who has done well, who tends to be on the conservative side of politics. Quite apart from the money he would lose going into Parliament, so many would have to ask themselves, I’m sure, ‘Why should I go in and subject myself, and my family, my wife and children, to this intrusive inspection of their daily lives?”, he said.

He insisted that the time has come “where we have to think big if we are going to face the big issues of our time; we have to be prepared to face changes which are quite radical.” The issues also included global warming.

Hawke recommended the current Turnbull administration to open Australia to store nuclear wastes.

He said, “The issues at stake here are of such fundamental importance that we require rational, unemotional thinking… Slogan-mongering is not good enough – nimby, not in my backyard – ignores the fact that the world’s leading geologists have said that we have the world’s geologically safest backyard, [the] most remote backyard, and we cannot ignore that fact if we are to be serious to ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.”

Hawke shared that he had looked into such issues as soon as he was replaced as Prime Minister by Paul Keating. He believes that such decisions will positively impact the global climate scenario and global warming in particular.

It would also boost the economy of the nation and bridge the gap between the Aborigines and other Australians, opined Hawke. He also feels that it will be greatly approved by the global community.

“On one of my recent visits to China I met with a recent prime minister of Japan and when I told him about what I saw as this possibility of Australia taking the world’s [nuclear] waste – I don’t exaggerate – he nearly had an orgasm.

That would have been a sight, wouldn’t it?”, said Hawke.

Hawke has now become a recurrent speaker at the end of year festival and attracts thousands of people with his rhetoric. This time he even opened the crowd up for a Waltzing Matilda rendition during the opening ceremony.





 Author: Esther Prattner


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