The alternatives to restructure agreements made by Kevin Rudd with the premiers have been given thought by a group of bureaucrats.
The agreements that were made through the Council of Australian Governments are being appraised by the heads of the federal and state treasuries. The council suggests infusing tens of billions of dollars of federal funding to the states, so as to make certain that the national reforms are implemented adequately.
The review aims at upgrading healthcare, education, business regulation and infrastructure. It will be provided to COAG by the end of the year and could include modified expectations of the states, according to the Treasury annual report released the last week.
As per critics, COAG has been burdened with 80 different priorities for the reform plan. Colin Barnett, West Australian Premier has portrayed COAG as expensive. On the other hand, Victorian Premier John Brumby has pledged to follow COAG reform, if wins the election.
The reform of COAG was pressurized by the Business Council of Australia in a meeting with Nick Sherry, the Minister Assisting on Deregulation last week. BCA would send the recommendations in detail to the Prime Minister in the next week, as told by its President Graham Bradley.
He said, "We consider it to be one of the five major priorities for the Gillard government to streamline and focus and confirm the government's commitment to aggressively pursuing the COAG reform agenda".
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