The first meeting of the Council of Australian Governments since the election of the Abbott government has taken place in Canberra today.
COAG agreed to tackled indigenous truancy and to cut “green tape” by implementing “one stop shops”.
State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers also agreed to sign on to the government’s paid parental scheme.
The meeting also agreed to examine ways to fast-track infrastructure projects.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said COAG had felt like a “meeting of equals”. He described himself as a “pragmatic federalist” who wanted the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to get on with dealing with issues in their own jurisdictions. [Read more...]