Is central national government broken? Hyper-partisanship on many aspects of economic, education, health and aspects of life and society in Australia has the potential to deteriorate into the chaos of populism found in many parts of the world.

There are numerous reasons to press for the devolution of power away from the nation-state and the shifting of greater authority to cities, metro areas, and other forms of local government control. The solutions to our toughest problems will increasingly come from local leaders, acting in close concert with institutional…