Indigenous businesses are thriving — and the Government is supporting them to be even more successful through measures such as the Indigenous Procurement Policy and the Indigenous Business Sector Strategy. Clearly this method of back casting, where the figures are sort of revised—usually downwards—does create a level of opaqueness to how the national efficient price is calculated.
A list of witnesses who appeared at that hearing is set out in Appendix 2. This is likely to give rise to concerns about fairness, as well as introduce perverse incentives for governments to shift costs within the system. The Gillard Government has also committed to annual growth in school education spending of 4.
Prime Minister's announcement of 30 March and 'Statement on Federation' 1.
We really need to wait to see the outcome in the federal budget next week, but we were promised a white paper and we were promised packages, and now it seems as though, in a decreasing spiral, we have gone from a root and branch review to items being slowly taken off the table one by one and the states walking away, in absolute terms, from looking at embracing greater taxes on consumption.
A well-functioning federal system strikes a balance between cooperation and competition.
For this reason, COAG must not only drive change, it must itself be reformed. It needs to be better equipped for the challenges that lie ahead.
Professor Brian Owler, President of the AMA, told the committee: So the AMA has been very concerned about the funding formula that was put forward in the budget—basically, CPI and population as the formula for funding public hospitals.
The sustained effort over the past 10 years to close the gap in the areas of health, education and employment has delivered better outcomes.