The Council of Australian Governments is meeting in Canberra today, as some critics call for it to be killed off. Is its time up -- or can it be saved?

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman labelled COAG yesterday a "dysfunctional farce". The president of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Shepherd, told the Press Club on Wednesday that "despite the best of intentions, COAG has failed ... Let's replace COAG and revert to a strategic first ministers meeting, and powerful ministerial councils that have served us well in the past."