Minister for Local Government, Simon Crean, has announced that the busy Allan Hawke having just finished planning the evisceration of the ACT Public Service is now going to examine the workings of the National Capital Authority:
Dr Hawke has been appointed to look at the roles and responsibilities of NCA.
“Dr Hawke is the right person for this task and this is the right time to conduct a review. It is essential that we find the correct balance between planning responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government in the National Capital,” Mr Crean said.
“The Commonwealth will always have a keen interest in the planning of the National Capital as the seat of Government in Australia.
“Dr Hawke has extensive experience in conducting government reviews of this nature and both the ACT Government and the National Capital Authority support his appointment to undertake the review.
The concern must be that the Federales are looking for an excuse to spend even less on the upkeep of Canberra.
Dr Hawke has until June 2011 to get a report back to the Government.