Now that the Premiers have boycotted Bob Hawke's New Federalism the debate of the decade is finally out in the open. Ever since the first special premiers conference was held In Brisbane last year the states have been working towards their financial revival. But with their income tax proposal rejected out of hand by the federal caucus in November, they must decide two things; firstly, is the 'reform' of federal-state relations an empty exercise without the return of broad-based taxing powers to the states? And will they return to negotiations with the Commonwealth in 1992 for a new deal on intergovernmental relations?
Recommended CitationAnderson, Prudence, Margins: Feds Under the Beds, Australian Left Review, 1(135), 1991, 2.