In the first instalment in an occasional series on federal-state relations, Associate Professor Tony Taylor , author of the original history curriculum draft commissioned by the former Howard government, looks at the impact "new federalism" could have on education:

During the latter years of the Howard government, state/territory relations with Canberra about education policy were blighted by the guiding principle of "new federalism". As outlined by then Education Minister Julie Bishop, the argument was that, with Canberra putting in large amounts of cash to local programs ($8 billion each year) the government wanted bang for bucks.