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.

The project was funded by the newDemocracy Foundation with the support of the Australian Research Council.

This is a great example of what an Australian sample population would look like, and a proof point as to the difference in tone and productivity of discussion. People who today are not considered as candidates by any party showed capacity for engaging in a complex issue.

The group identified 6 key reform areas (the full report is attached), among them calls for reduced duplication between levels of government and across state boundaries, and inclusion of a process of redress for broken political promises – areas very rarely explored in parliament today.

We suggest the video material is of most value to the reader, as it offers a ‘live’ look at the capacity of randomly-drawn groups in comparison with traditional elected representatives.

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