To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over the country. The results are alarming. The level of frustration with inadequate finance for required infrastructure upgrades is high, and population growth is the reason behind rate hikes. Local government finance reform is overdue.
Adam Creighton is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies.
Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies.