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.
SENATOR BARNABY JOYCE
LEADER OF THE NATIONALS
IN THE SENATE