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The Prime Minister has used the Federal Liberal Council meeting to take a step closer to handing more power to the states.
Tony Abbott says the federation has great strengths but they are combined with buck passing, duplication, waste and inefficiency.
He made a pre-election pledge to have a white paper on reform of the federation and today has released the terms of reference for that document and confirmed it will be delivered by the end of next year.
There has been tension in his Government's relationship with the states - even those with Coalition premiers - because of recent budget decisions.
The May budget revealed a plan that would see the states receive $80 billion less in projected spending on hospitals and schools over the next decade.
Mr Abbott has told the Liberal gathering it is time to make each level of government sovereign in its own sphere.
Translation: FEDERALISM UNDER ABBOTT IS STINGY. As well, Tony demanded more women in his party that supports women doing the shirt ironing for the blokes... And he also tapped on the problem of fund raising since nepotism and doing favours for cash has been made illegal...