Democracy: Plan B (PM ABC Radio)

MARK COLVIN: They call it Democracy Plan B – and they’re launching it at an event in Sydney tonight. They’re a group called the newDemocracy Foundation, which has been working for some years to break down some of the worst aspects of Australian political life and build something more constructive. It’s backed by former State...Continue reading

Honeybee Democracy

Natural intelligence…a cogent stream of good sense for a colony of living organisms. ‘One of the popular misconceptions about honey bees is that their lives are ruled by a queen — or perhaps by even some more fanciful system. But in the forty years that I’ve spent studying bees, I’ve learned that their colonies are...Continue reading

John Dryzek on The Australian Citizens’ Parliament. ABC Big Ideas.

In February 2009, a group of 150 randomly-selected Australian citizens were brought together at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Called “The Citizens Parliament”, the group spent four days discussing politics, policy, and systems of parliament. While the specific subjects under consideration were not prescribed, the attendees were asked to address the broad question: “How Can...

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...Continue reading

Australia Punched Above It’s Weight ..150 yrs Ago!

In 1856 Australia gave the world the ‘Australian Ballot’. It was radical at the time. Most voters thought that men, (who were the only ones voting then) should have the courage to defend their vote in public. The Victorian Legislative Council, (and two weeks later South Australia) introduced the Electoral Act 1856. Within twenty years...

Democracy and the Nation State

Homeland Security The defence of a country has invariably been the impetus to the formation (and maintenance) of the Nation State. Australia was no exception. The unexpected arrival of a warship in Sydney Harbour in the 1800’s gave great momentum to Federation. One hundred years later September 11th has provoked a renewed vigour of the...Continue reading

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