Federalism - Liberal Democrats WA


As Liberal Democrats, we support competitive federalism as envisaged by the founders of the constitution.

Where possible, government activities should be decentralised to the State level to allow the benefits of government competition, policy experimentation, and individual choice.  This will also allow the removal of bureaucratic duplication of federal and state agencies.

On a practical level, we advocate:

Ceasing all Commonwealth involvement in health and education.

The restoration to the States of the power to impose income taxes and other taxes currently reserved to the Commonwealth, within the context of a substantially reduced overall tax burden.

Competition between the States in the pursuit of economic growth and development.