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Ible, Caitlin (LNG - AUS)

From: Atwell Glen [Glen.Atwell@regional.gov.au]

Sent: Thursday, 24 January 2013 6:37 PM

Subject: Local Government Minister Simon Crean: LG CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION INTERIM REPORT RELEASED [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Attachments: 240113 LG Con Rec interim report final.docx

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The Hon Simon Crean MP

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts Thursday, 24 January, 2013

LG CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION INTERIM REPORT RELEASED

Local Government Minister Simon Crean today welcomed the release of an interim report on a referendum on financial recognition of local government.

Mr Crean said the Federal Government was clear on its commitment to achieve constitutional recognition of local government, and that it will require support from both political parties and all states, if it is to be successful.

“The Federal Government does not accept the evidence presented to the Committee in relation to the federal financial framework, and the Commonwealth continues to have constitutional support to make grants or payments directly to local government bodies,” Mr Crean said.

“The Federal Government has been engaging with the states, local governments and bodies on its commitment to achieving constitutional recognition for local government.

“We acknowledge further work needs to be done with the states to secure the necessary support for a successful referendum.

“The states were waiting for the words. This report now provides those words.

“It is not sufficient to simply say that the role of achieving constitutional recognition falls on the Federal Government, we need bi-partisan support for this to go forward. The Coalition must now lobby the states to get behind constitutional recognition.

“Nor can local government leave this task of convincing the states to both major parties. Bodies such as the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) need to be active in lobbying state governments.

“It is in interests of the nation for the Commonwealth to directly fund local government. Local government is the conduit of communities, and today more so than ever local government is called upon to deliver and facilitate services to meet the needs of their communities.

“The interim report demonstrates a successful outcome is possible if governments work together. The Federal Government will await the release of the final report before responding.

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“I thank Michelle Rowland MP, Committee Chair, and her fellow committee members for their hard work.”

The interim report is available at: http://aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=jsclg/localgovt/preliminaryrep ort.htm

Media contact: Glen Atwell 0403 949 599 or Georgia Brumby 0401 097 176

Glen Atwell Senior Media Adviser Office of the Hon Simon Crean MP Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts T: 02 6277 6351 F: 02 6273 4117 M: 0403 949 599 E: glen.atwell@regional.gov.au

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