A Review of the Federal Senate
The 2013 Federal Election has made citizens increasingly aware of the need for reform of the electoral system, particularly with regard to the Senate. Preferencing arrangements have led to a series of outcomes where it is contestable whether the intent of the voter is reflected in the candidates elected.
NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee
In July 2012, as part of the Inquiry into the Economics of Energy Generation the NSW Parliament will commission a jury style process to make a structured contribution to the public inquiry process.
A New Planning System for NSW
In July 2011 the NSW Government began a comprehensive review of the state's planning system. The Minister sought submission and comments from the community and the Foundation has made two submissions which you can download here. The need for a planning system to be representative, trusted and consensual is a challenge at the core of the Foundation’s research aims, and while we hold no specific issue position about planning objectives, we have focused on designing a process that should earn public trust by being very difficult to manipulate by any particular interest.
The A, B and C of Democracy
My parents used to have a book called “World History” which I flicked through every now and again. It was not a happy read: one war after war, one king after another. A Game of Thrones. It made me think about how we got to be so peaceful today, living a happy life in Sydney. Maybe people just got tired of fighting. That seemed to be what happened in ancient Greece, in the city of Athens.
TEDx Sydney 2012
TEDxSydney 2012 took place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Carriageworks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, many thousands online via YouTube and ABC Big Ideas ... and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National.
The Australian Citizens’ Parliament (2009)
This was Australia’s largest deliberative event, convened on the topic of democratic reform – asking the question how Australia’s political system could be strengthened to serve us better. It brought together a representative sample of Australia drawn from each of our 150 electorates.
Who We Are
Carolyn Hendriks | Research Committee
Carolyn’s work examines the democratic practices of contemporary governance, particularly with respect to public deliberation, inclusion and political representation. She has taught and published widely on the application and politics of inclusive and deliberative forms of citizen engagement. With a background in both political science and environmental engineering, Carolyn has a particular interest in the governance of the environment, as well as science and technology issues. She has recently published a book on the practice of deliberative democracy, titled The Politics of Public Deliberation: citizen engagement and interest advocacy (Palgrave: London, 2011). Carolyn convenes a Masters course on energy politics, and is researching the democratic challenges of long term energy reform.
Prof. Peter Shergold AC
Peter Shergold AC is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. Peter came to Australia as an academic and was an economic historian for 16 years. In 1988 he joined the Australian Public Service to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs and then, successively, became CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission; Public Service Commissioner; Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business; and Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training. From 2003-2008 he was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Peter now chairs the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board and the Commonwealth’s Aged Care Reform Implementation Council, sits on the Queensland Public Sector Renewal Board and was recently part of the Independent Review Panel on Coalition Costings.
Dr Tim Southphommasane
Dr Tim Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher at the University of Sydney. His thinking on multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in reshaping debates in Australia and Britain.