newDemocracy Meets the US State Department
The US State Department conducts an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) which enables a small group of Australian citizens (MPs and people like us!) to have an experience with academics, government representatives, NGOs, United Nations staff and elected representatives in the United States. It’s a way to share ideas and make contacts, and is generously funded entirely by the US Government. Iain Walker as the Executive Director of NDF is a guest of the State Department from March 22nd through April 12th and he’ll be posting updates here whenever he’s allowed to pause and draw breath.
Tie Party Funding to ‘Diversity’ Requirements
As referenced here, today each citizen’s valid vote is worth $4.78 in public funding provided to major political parties ($2.39 for each of the Lower and Upper House primary votes cast).
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.
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.