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Harmonising Construction Regulation in Australia: Potentials and Problems

Brown, Kerry A. & Furneaux, Craig W. (2007) Harmonising Construction Regulation in Australia: Potentials and Problems. In Public Policy Network Conference, 1 - 2 February, Adelaide, Australia.

Abstract

Under the Constitution the Australian states joined together to form one indissoluble Commonwealth – a federation of states. A federation is a form of government in which power is divided between national governments and smaller regional governments, often referred to as states. This is an arrangement which combines "strong constituent units of government, each possessing powers delegated to it by the people through a constitution, each empowered to deal directly with the citizens in the exercise of its legislative, administrative and taxing powers, and each directly elected and accountable to its citizens" (Watts 2001: 24 – 26). In federations the federal and regional governments are both independent and coordinated (Wheare 1963). "The jurisdictional contours of a federation rarely make political sense, conform to a rational or organisational logic, or are economically advantageous. They simply exist as an ongoing set of inherited but continually adapting practices and provision" (O’Faircheallaigh, Wanna & Weller 1999:98). In this sense federations are practical arrangements which are designed to help make a form of government work, adapting, adjusting and consolidating to deliver mutual benefits for all participating governments (O’Faircheallaigh, Wanna & Weller 1999: 100).

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ID Code: 13900
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Australia, Construction Industry, Regulations, Public Policy
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > CRC Construction Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:37

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