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