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The National Cabinet and COVID-19: a new future for federal relations?

12 October 2021



Image of parliament in Canberra, ACT

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March 2020, Australia was still dealing with the fallout from a catastrophic bushfire season. With little time to avoid large numbers of casualties and health system collapse. State and territory governments moved relatively swiftly to enact containment measures but then had to manage significant economic and social fallout. The crisis prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to establish a National Cabinet of state, territory and federal leaders in March 2020 to coordinate Australia’s response. It would eventually replace the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as the nation’s peak intergovernmental forum but not without facing some serious disputes.

This Case explores the history of the National Cabinet, its strengths and weaknesses and assesses its potential as a vehicle for future reforms beyond COVID-19.

Please note this case has a Teaching Note associated with it. To access a copy, please email caselibrary@anzsog.edu.au with a request and citing the title.

Authors: Marinella Padula
Published Date: 12 October 2021
Author Institution: ANZSOG
Featured Content Length: 24
Content Length: 24
Product Type: One-part case