Explore new ways of defining the role of MLAs and holding them to account

Background
Falling trust in our politicians and the political process in western liberal democracy, and the perception of undue corporate influence over the political process, drives a need to reform our 19th century parliamentary model to one better adapted to the 21st century, and one that permits better citizen participation in the decision making process.

Objectives

  1. Changes in how voters think about their representatives and representative systems;
  2. Changes in the way MLAs think about being accountable;
  3. A new way of MLAs and citizens relating and communicating.

What we want to do 

  1. Define the standards, norms and citizen expectations around the roles and responsibilities of our MLAs;
  2. Use these ideas to engage a broad range of academics and civil society organisation, and ACT MLAs themselves to co-design a new citizen-parliamentarian relationship;
  3. Apply these lessons to crafting a more constructive relationship in the lead in to the 2020 Election.

Actions for 2018:

  1. In early 2018, hold a series of conversations on the expectations, norms and standards to arrive at a citizens’ definition of a good citizen-MLA relationship;
  2. Analyse the 2016 Candidate statements to inform next steps;
  3. Assess the MLAs who signed Candidate Statements during the 2016 election campaign, against their Statements;
  4. Widen the conversation to include more citizens and the MLAs.

Work continues.