COAG: is it puppet-master, or legitimate cog?

Is COAG, the Council Of Australian Governments, a legitimate cog in the wheel of the nation’s federated system, or just an ultra-Constitutional marionette of the Kitchen Cabinet, playing States and Territories on strings? Two legal academics, Paul Kildea and Andrew Lynch, say COAG’s situation needs resolving formally, sooner rather than later. “More worrying still is the diminished scope of parliamentary oversight and accountability to the people…,” they say.


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