Covid-19 and Australian federalism

Did you know that some of the most successful countries in the world are federations?

The USA, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, to name a few. Oh, and Australia. I don’t know the politics of those other countries as well as I know ours here, but I don’t hear calls to abolish their states.

So why do we hear those calls here? (Including from some of our members).

This monograph explores how our federation performed during COVID. My views are pretty well-known – that we threw away a good manual to lockdown, and then it was one mistake after another. But when you drill down, some jurisdictions performed much better than others.

Imagine if Mark McGowan or Daniel Andrews were running a unitary Australia during the COVID pandemic?

In this monograph Brendan Markey-Towler compares and contrasts the performance of the states and comes to the conclusion that federation didn’t make things perfect, but it made them better than it could have been. Maybe if we had a Ron De Santis, who applied rational, scientifically-based policies in Florida, as one of our premiers, things would have been even better, but at least we had Gladys Berejiklian.

The monograph, it can be purchased for $10 by clicking here.