COAG Meeting, 13 December 2013
The Council of Australian Governments held its 36th meeting today in Canberra. It was the first meeting for the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MP.
The Commonwealth respects the States and Territories (the States) are sovereign in their own sphere. They should be able to get on with delivering on their responsibilities, with appropriate accountability and without unnecessary interference from the Commonwealth.
COAG agreed to work closely together on the Commonwealth White Papers on Taxation and Reform of the Federation and acknowledged the need to reduce duplication between governments.
In future, COAG will focus on a few important national priorities, and on outcomes rather than process.
It will meet twice a year, usually around April and November.