Local councils are uniquely placed to engage deliberatively with their community. They make complex trade-off decisions that need to be tailored to local needs. Traditionally, this level of engagement has been too difficult for small councils, and so surveys and self-selected groups are default options. These are both too easy to ignore and provide the...Continue reading
A bi-partisan committee of the House of Representatives in Federal Parliament conducts a review after every election. This review has been made more topical because of interest in the role of minor party preferences for the Senate and the lost votes in the WA Senate recount. The NDF submission focuses on the difficulty elected representatives...Continue reading
In December 2012, the Queensland Government announced a comprehensive review of the electoral process (attached below for ease of reference). The submission was made on March 1st and the Review is ongoing. The Foundation has made a submission referring to three major parts of the review: the chance to apply a candidate diversity rule to...Continue reading
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.