Friday, June 25, 2010

New State arguments 10 - technical issues 1

In this post I want to look at some of the technical issues raised by New England self-government. These are important not just in a practical sense, but because people have a tendency to say that it's all too hard. It's not. The list that follows simply lists issues that have been raised so far.

NSW Public Servants

All NSW public servants within New England will automatically become New England public servants, preserving their entitlements. Public servants who do not wish to join the New England public service will have the opportunity to relocate to NSW.

NSW Laws

Pending any subsequent action by the New England legislature, all NSW laws will continue in place.

Allocation of Assets and Liabilities

A commission will need to be formed to apportion assets and liabilities between New England and NSW. This is quite complex in a technical sense. As the process proceeds, interim arrangements may need to be set in place focused especially on state owned enterprises. New England may choose to allow NSW to continue to operate New England assets for a period.

New England Constitution

New England will need to adopt its own constitution. Pending the formal election of the first New England Parliament, a constituent assembly may be required.

Existing New England State Members

Once a decision is made to separate New England, but before formal separation and the first election, by far the easiest course is to turn current New England Parliamentarians into a constituent assembly. In this period, they will be members of the NSW Parliament as well as the New England assembly. The core role of the assembly will be to set arrangements for the first New England elections.   

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