Abbott and Newman united to end political 'blame game'

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has backed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's call to end the blame game between state and federal governments.

In a speech on Saturday, Mr Abbott said the aim of his government's federation white paper was to end the "blame game" to ensure "voters know who's really responsible for the things they don't like".

He said the "fundamental test" for reforming the structure of Australian governments was whether everyone was "prepared to have a rational discussion about who does what".

"Either way, it's good for our system: we will end up with a more rational division of authority and responsibility; or we will be forced to stop complaining about a system that we're not prepared to change," he said.

After the speech, Premier Newman said Queensland ready to play its part, and decried the situation where funding for vital service was delivered "only if the services are delivered as the federal government sees fit".

"States must have untied access to a sustainable revenue base that is sufficient to deliver on their responsibilities," he said.

"I also believe that getting out of each other's way will not only mean more efficient government, but more accountable government."

Mr Abbott said he would meet all state leaders and the Australian Local Government Association after a series of state elections, including Queensland, expected in the next six months.

- APN NEWSDESK



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