In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald's National Times George Williams, Professor of Law at Sydney University, argues in favour of full statehood for the Northern Territory.
Why not statehood for New England?
We have been seeking self-government first as a colony and then as a state for over 150 years. Despite the structural decline in New England's position that has taken place in the absence of statehood, we are still far larger on every key measure than the NT.
If, as I believe, that statehood is justified for the NT, then surely New England should be given a go.