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The Viewpoint - States, who needs 'em?

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Campbell Newman's time as premier may be short lived should a small change in Australia's political structure be made.

I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of the political world. To me the Upper House refers to the neighbour up the hill and the Speaker of the House is my better half.

So based on this level of knowledge the following argument could quite easily be shot down in flames as quickly as the Labor Party's 2012 re-election bid (feel free to take aim by the way).

My argument is, do we need to have State governments in Australia?

Why couldn't we cut out the middle man and just have Federal and Local governments?

The cost savings of moving health, education, police, roads, and countless other departments to a Federal level could be enormous, as would the money saved on political advertising (and pensions for outgoing MP's - sorry Jason, I couldn't help myself).

This thought hatched during one of the most harrowing periods of my life - applying for a driver’s license through Queensland Transport.

After what felt like years of prolonged negotiations and debate over the relevance of my Grade 4 school reports in my eligibility to obtain a license, I finally received my piece of plastic.

Why did it have to be so hard? Does everyone have to go through this? What other government departments subject citizens to such torment purely because they want to live in the same State as them?

While we would be doing ourselves out of a decent sausage sizzle every three years, on face value I think the benefits are considerable (I can get a snag at Bunnings anyway).

I'm not saying we should get rid of our States altogether. After all, how would State of Origin work, and who would we pick on if there was no Tasmania?

All I'm saying is that when I stop to think about it, I can't find to many reasons why Federal and Local governments couldn't share the load.

Am I missing something? Let me know below.

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Josh McConnell , , 06-04-12 10:36:
great view point Matt... plenty words of wisdom in this piece... i think there are lots of people in this state as well as the rest of Australia thinking the same think!

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