The Chief Minister has announced a Citizen’s Jury on the issue of Compulsory Third Party Insurance. CAPaD has welcomed this step, which provides us all with an opportunity to learn how an important tool for participatory democracy can best work in Canberra (download Media Release document). There are two important … Read More
A commentary – Peter Tait Stoker G, Li J, Halupka M, Evans M. Complacent young citizens or cross-generational solidarity? An analysis of Australian attitudes to democratic politics. Australian Journal of Political Science. 2017;52(2):218-35. This article seeks to answer the question above. The researchers grouped respondents into four age groups: … Read More
CAPaD is hosting a public discussion about community engagement in the Planning of Canberra. Date: Sunday 30 April 2017 Time: 2–5 pm Place: Folk Dance Canberra Hall, 114 Maitland Street , Hackett There is growing public unease about planning decisions in the ACT. Redevelopments at the Yarralumla Brickworks, Manuka Oval, … Read More
by Susan Helyar, Director, ACT Council of Social Service As we start our round of formal meetings with members of the new ACT Legislative Assembly, our message is that while people frowned at the government’s long grip on power and was wary of the way it did business, they were … Read More
One feature of this election which could become the “new normal” is the development of Candidate Statements, which include the candidate’s agreement to or modification of a Charter of Democratic Commitment. Altogether, 62 of the 141 candidates completed a statement and of those who did so, 23% were elected compared … Read More
Julian Cribb has just published a book entitled Surviving the 21st-century. Humanity’s ten great challenges and how we can overcome them. The book has been unanimously praised by a cast reviewers that includes Paul Ehrlich, Robyn Williams, Clive Hamilton, Peter Doherty, former Governor-General Michael Jeffery, David Lindenmeyer, Mark Stafford-Smith, Bill … Read More
Pity the poor voter who wants to do the right thing and choose his or her own preferred five candidates out of between 24 and 33 declared candidates in his/her electorate from as many as 9 parties and a slate of between 2 and 8 independents. The Canberra Alliance for … Read More
A total of 124 endorsed representatives of 10 political parties and another 17 independent candidates will be competing for our votes on October 15. The voting papers in the five electorates will each contain the names of between 24 and 33 candidates, set out by party. For our vote to … Read More
CAPaD has issued a one page Candidate Statement inviting each ACT candidate in the coming Federal election to summarise their qualifications for being a parliamentarian and specify the main issues which they will stand up for. Some seem shy about the “truth pledge”. More information is at Home » Events … Read More
Representation: consent, legitimacy and accountability Peter Tait, member CAPAD At our current point in the evolution of human governance, a combination of factors (1) means that in nation states using a liberal democracy model, some form of representation in the decision making assembly is required. Further, for reasons of custom … Read More
Next General Meeting for members and the public is 16 February 2016. Venue: Hellenic Club, Woden. Time: 7:30pm – 9:30 pm (19:30–21:30) To cover costs, we ask for a donation of $10 per attendee.
Next Committee Meeting on February 24, 7:30pm, at St Margaret’s Uniting Church, Hackett.
Media Release: A Citizen Jury to Assist in Identifying Options for Tax Reform? The Co-Chair of the recently formed Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD), Ms Beth Slatyer, today welcomed the recent statement by the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, that the Commonwealth government is open to new thinking in the community … Read More
The Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy (CAPaD) is a couple of months old and 100 members strong. At a recent meeting, members took stock and offered their views on the future role of the new body. We heard from Ms Cathy McGowan, the independent MHR from Indi in Victoria, about … Read More
Talk by Bob Douglas, Sunday 25 October 2015 My task today is to outline the background to this meeting and to say a little about what the new Alliance could achieve. The steering group which has brought you together today grew out of a couple of public meetings held earlier … Read More
Democracy is in trouble across the Western world. Australia is not alone in experiencing a large fall in political party membership, undue influence of the corporate sector on government thinking; declining public trust in the decisions of political leaders, and cynicism in the electorate about protection of the public interest. … Read More