Reform of the Australian Federation

Reform of the Australian Federation

Select Committee on the Reform of the Australian Federation

1 July 2010 to 27 September 2010

Method of appointment

Pursuant to resolution agreed to by the Senate on 17 March 2010.


Current members


Date of appointment

Senator Russell Trood (QLD, LP)

(elected Chair on 17.06.10 )

11.05.10

Senator Mark Furner (QLD, ALP)

(elected Deputy Chair on 17.06.10 )

13.05.10

Senator Chris Back (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Scott Ludlam (WA, AG)

21.06.10

Senator Kate Lundy (ACT, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Scott Ryan (VIC, LP)

11.05.10


Participating members


Date of appointment

Senator Judith Adams (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Guy Barnett (TAS, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Cory Bernardi (SA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Catryna Bilyk (TAS, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Simon Birmingham (SA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Mark Bishop (WA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Ronald Boswell (QLD, NATS)

11.05.10

Senator Sue Boyce (QLD, LP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon George Brandis (QLD, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Carol Brown (TAS, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator David Bushby (TAS, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Doug Cameron (NSW, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Michaelia Cash (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck (TAS, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Jacinta Collins (VIC, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Helen Coonan (NSW, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Mathias Cormann (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Alan Eggleston (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Don Farrell (SA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator David Feeney (VIC, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Alan Ferguson (SA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Mitch Fifield (VIC, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Mary Jo Fisher (SA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Michael Forshaw (NSW, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Bill Heffernan (NSW, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Gary Humphries (ACT, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Annette Hurley (SA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Steve Hutchins (NSW, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon David Johnston (WA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Barnaby Joyce (QLD, NATS)

11.05.10

Senator Helen Kroger (VIC, LP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald (QLD, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Gavin Marshall (VIC, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Brett Mason (QLD, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Anne McEwen (SA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Julian McGauran (VIC, LP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas (QLD, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Nicholas Minchin (SA, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Fiona Nash (NSW, NATS)

11.05.10

Senator Kerry O'Brien (TAS, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Stephen Parry (TAS, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Marise Payne (NSW, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Helen Polley (TAS, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Louise Pratt (WA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson (VIC, LP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion (NT, CLP)

11.05.10

Senator the Hon Ursula Stephens (NSW, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator Glenn Sterle (WA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator the Hon Judith Troeth (VIC, LP)

11.05.10

Senator Dana Wortley (SA, ALP)

13.05.10

Senator John Williams (NSW, NATS)

11.05.10

Inquiries

As at 1 July 2010

Reform of the Australian Federation to:

a)     Inquire into and report by 17 November 2010 on key issues and priorities for the reform of relations between the three levels of government within the Australian federation; and

b)     Explore a possible agenda for national reform and to consider ways it can best be implemented in relation to, but not exclusively, the following matters:

i)       The distribution of constitutional powers and responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the states (including territories),

ii)    Financial relations between federal, state and local governments,

iii)  Possible constitutional amendment, including the recognition of local government,

iv)  Processes, including the Council of Australian Governments, and the referral of powers and procedures for enhancing cooperation between the various levels of Australian government, and

v)     Strategies for strengthening Australia's regions and the delivery of services through regional development committees and regional grant programs.

Current inquiries

As at 27 September 2010

Reform of the Australian Federation to:

a)     Inquire into and report by 17 November 2010 on key issues and priorities for the reform of relations between the three levels of government within the Australian federation; and

b)     Explore a possible agenda for national reform and to consider ways it can best be implemented in relation to, but not exclusively, the following matters:

i)       The distribution of constitutional powers and responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the states (including territories),

ii)    Financial relations between federal, state and local governments,

iii)  Possible constitutional amendment, including the recognition of local government,

iv)  Processes, including the Council of Australian Governments, and the referral of powers and procedures for enhancing cooperation between the various levels of Australian government, and

v)     Strategies for strengthening Australia's regions and the delivery of services through regional development committees and regional grant programs.

New references

1 July 2010–27 September 2010

Public hearings

1 July 2010–27 September 2010

Reports tabled

1 July 2010–27 September 2010

Government responses

1 July 2010–27 September 2010

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