Person

John Comrie

Report

Debt is not a dirty word: the role and use of debt in local government

This research suggests the sensible use of debt by local councils can address infrastructure backlogs and positively support sustainable local communities and organisation performance. The aim of the project has been to support the Australian local government sector contend with the increasingly complex financial arrangements...
Working paper

In our hands: strengthening local government revenue for the 21st century

There is wide variation in the financial performance and capacity of Australian local governments. Most are in at least a satisfactory financial position or have the capacity to be so over the medium-term through reasonable and responsible financial decision-making. Some others, often with large geographic...
Discussion paper

Strengthening local government revenue

Over the past decade or so there has been considerable attention given to the state of Australian local governments’ finances, the capacity of local governments to fund reasonable and appropriate service levels, why local governments may have financial challenges and what if anything should be...
Report

Search Conference Background Paper: Strengthening Local Government Revenue

Over the past decade or so there has been considerable attention given to the state of Australian local governments' finances, the capacity of local governments to fund reasonable and appropriate service levels, why local governments may have financial challenges and what if anything should be...