Club Troppo is blessed with an abundance of constitutional nous. Ken Parish lectures in the subject at Charles Darwin, cam has extensively studied the topic from the perspective, and with the mental tools, of a software engineer. Myself I am a rabble-rouser.
I saw this posted in a comment fellow Terrible Trio site Larvatus Prodeo:
The States are no longer necessary. Theyre an expensive relic of the past. … Better services could be delivered by a combination of Commonwealth and local governments.
Please excuse me while I laugh to death. Better services? Delivered by the Commonwealth? By local government? Obviously this bloke has never a) tried to call someone inside siege-mentality Commonwealth departments like Immigration and Centrelink or b) actually paid any attention to the level of wasteful, stupid, vacuous inanity which takes place in every single council in Australia.
Not that the states are much better. But states attract more scrutiny. That matters. Federal politics gets the most attention from journos, then state politics, then US politics, then British politics, then politics in Obscuristan, with council and student politics vying for a distant last.
Government at all levels is rubbish, but local government is by far the worst. Remember: the smaller the government, the bigger the duddery.