Local government invited to one Cabinet meeting per year by Albanese


Chairman of the Australian Local Government Association Linda Scott and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Parliament. Picture: Facebook.

By AMBER GRIFFIN

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) was appointed to the National Cabinet at a conference this week by the Labor government, after a long history of lobbying for representation.

The appointment of local government to the National Cabinet was just one of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s pre-election promises, but ALGA has only been invited to one meeting a year out of the four times the cabinet meets each year .

Sydney City Councilor and President of ALGA Linda Scott established that ALGA will not consider the Labor Party pledge to have been fulfilled until ALGA is a full voting member at all national cabinet meetings.

“Inviting local government to attend the National Cabinet and the Council on Federal Fiscal Relations each year is a good start, but we will strive to secure full and continued membership,” said Cr Scott.

The Labor government’s pledge also included the reinstatement of the Australian Local Government Council, established in 2008 by Prime Minister Albanese. The Council was abandoned by the Liberal government over the next few years but is set to be reinstated with the current Albanese government as Cr Scott said she was working with Cabinet Minister Catherine King and the Local Government Minister Kristy McBain.

When asked if ALGA believed the Albanian government would deliver on all its commitments, Cr Scott said she was confident the government would deliver on its promise to bring local governments to the table.

In addition, the association looks forward to putting their membership in the National Cabinet and the Council on Federal Fiscal Relations on the agenda of the first meetings they attend.

“It is also important that we are represented on relevant Ministerial Councils, and I look forward to working with Government to ensure we are represented in areas where Councils can make a difference, including housing, energy and climate change. »

UNSW professor says ‘all politics is local’

ALGA advocates for a stronger voice of local governments to be heard in the National Cabinet, stressing that without a voice, local communities risk being left behind.

“We know we get the best results when all three levels of government – federal, state and local – work together.”

UNSW Associate Professor in Political Science Geoffrey Levey shared his professional perspective on ALGA’s ‘limited’ National Cabinet appointment.

“The inclusion of ALGA in the National Cabinet is a welcome development on the part of the Albanian government. However, it is difficult to understand why this is limited to one National Cabinet meeting each year,” Professor Levey said.

“All politics is local, as the saying goes. The country remembered this with the recent experience of the teals.

“Albo needs to take ALGA further into the tent.”

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