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While this book focuses on housing specifically, it has plenty more targets from tunnel-visioned bureaucrats and airport privisatisation through Mc Mansions to Westfield and the NSW Department of Planning. But the main lament surrounds the hijacking of housing policy by increasingly economistic approaches cemented by the rise of neo-liberalist doctrines from the 1980s.
Things went well for a while, even if post-war shortages of building materials and recalcitrant state governments proved troublesome.
The Commonwealth Housing Commission which inquired into all aspects of the post-war housing question certainly endorsed this position and set in train a joint agreement with the states to fund public housing through low interest grants (actually loans).
At the same time the challenge was seen as more than just building houses.
Further, each State has its own constitution, so that Australia has seven sovereign Parliaments, none of which can encroach on the functions of any other.
The High Court of Australia arbitrates on any disputes which arise between the Commonwealth and the States, or among the States, concerning their respective functions.
The Commonwealth Parliament can propose changes to the Constitution.
To become effective, the proposals must be put to a referendum of all Australians of voting age, and must receive a "double majority": a majority of all votes, and a majority of votes in a majority of States.
The real hero here is HC (‘Nugget’) Coombs, Director of Post War Reconstruction in the 1940s.
His vision of planning magically balance between technocracy and democracy and driven less by aesthetic standards and more by a fundamental commitment to economic and social reform suffuses this account.
Section 51 of the Constitution provides for the Commonwealth Government's legislative powers and allocates certain powers and responsibilities (known as "heads of power") to the Commonwealth government.
All remaining responsibilities are retained by the six States (previously separate colonies).
Pat Troy answers this question strongly in the affirmative and chronicles a betrayal of this position over the last 60 years by numerous actors most notably the Commonwealth Government.