Explainer: can the federal government control the ability of states to sign deals with foreign governments?

 

Explainer: can the federal government control the ability of states to sign deals with foreign governments?

In my life time only the LNP has been anti- Indonesia, anti-Vietnam, anti-China. Has seen and endorsed the deaths of 1 mill Indonesians, 1mill plus Vietnamese and is now prodding China. What’s with this insane government trying desperately to change the course of history of the Pacific region and ignore the social investment in our own country. So much for their talk of a ‘Free Market”. (ODT)

Explainer: can the federal government control the ability of states to sign deals with foreign governments? August 27, 2020 2.05pm AEST Author Luke Beck Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Monash University Disclosure statement Luke Beck is rank and file member of the Australian Labor Party. Partners Monash University Monash University provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation AU. View current jobs from Monash University View all partners CC BY ND We believe in the free flow of information Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Email Twitter1 Facebook4 LinkedIn Print Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow the foreign minister to cancel agreements with foreign governments entered into by states, territories, local councils and universities if the agreement is contrary to Australia’s national interests.

Explainer: can the federal government control the ability of states to sign deals with foreign governments?

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