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Barnaby welcomes local government report



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Senator Barnaby Joyce

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water Leader of the Nationals in the Senate

Barnaby welcomes local government report

I welcome the report by the Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of

Local Government on whether there should be recognition of local government in the

Constitution to remove the uncertainties that are present in the federal government’s

ability to direct funds to local governments.

Programs such as Roads to Recovery are a vital component of how Australians see the

benefit of their taxes put to work in their local area, but recent high court decisions have

questioned the legitimacy of this process.

It is vitally important that government closest to the people, which is local government, is

given the support they need to do the job to complete the task that taxpayers expect in

their local area.

I await the response of Minister Crean to the issues contained in the report and also the

vigour by which he pursues them.

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