2010

During Australia's centery of federation in 2001, the author, the Local Government Association of Queensland and Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper surveyed 1,264 Queenslanders on their attitudes to the federal system and future constitutiol change. The results suggest that, despite satisfaction with their political system, a majority of the population (62-63 per cent) also expect and look forward to change in its basic structure over the next 100 years. Further, the results indicate a substantial proportion (around 40 per cent) may be interested in more than minor change, including options such as complete replacement of the current States. This higher than expected interest in change challenges assumptions that Australians are inherently conservative in their views about their constitutiol system and opens new lines of inquiry about the problematic relationship between Australian federalism and regiolism