Here's something that bugs me more than anything else.
In 1901 our national government was established. Six seperate British colonies became Australian states. Now this may have been alright in the 19th century, when communication and transport was different, but having this same colonial thinking system today is clumsy and way too expensive.
There is duplication for running our multiplicity of parliaments, a massive overload of bureaucrats, a tangle of conflicting laws, rail gauges, titles of land, lease holds and opportunities for euthanasia to name a few.It costs the nation more than $35 billion a year to maintain the state governments and it can be argued these governments are beyond their use-by dates and are inefficient in their duplication of services to the people.
We are thinking of removing the Crown from government; why not think about removing all the states and territories at the same time?
Develop a two-tiered system of governance, within one national constitution, and as a nation we will save about $30 billion a year. Eliminate the duplication of services by defining duties and responsibilities, within the constitution, for the national and regional governments. This will empower the people at regional level and fracture the power of the political parties, thereby bringing governance closer to the people. We are entitled to be governed by world best practices and we are not.