The ACT Community Democracy Ecosystem

In the ACT, several organisations and many individuals are working for better community and electorate level democratic practice with a focus on ensuring good representation. This is an ecosystem of people and organisations in a political environment. Within the organisations are people with varying levels of time, energy and interest. … Read More

Eight ways to institutionalise deliberative democracy

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OECD Public Governance Policy Papers, No. 12, 14 December 2021 Building on the work CAPaD did with the OECD last year, this paper outlines eight participatory and deliberative models “for institutionalising representative public deliberation to improve collective decision making and strengthen democracy. Deliberative bodies like citizens’ assemblies create the democratic … Read More

Be angry (about politics) and vote thoughtfully

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From the Public Health Association Australia blog, Intouch, Peter Tait suggests ways that we can be active citizens in the upcoming election. After all, do we want more of the same non-government? See here -> https://intouchpublichealth.net.au/be-angry-about-politics-in-australia-and-vote-thoughtfully/

Good government key to planetary health and human wellbeing

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Peter Tait presented this talk at the Australian Public Health Conference on 24/9/21. His talk Planetary Health for the Public’s Health is reproduced on the Croakey blog here as A rallying call for public health to refocus efforts, on building government for the public’s good. (https://www.croakey.org/a-rallying-call-for-public-health-to-refocus-efforts-on-building-government-for-the-publics-good/)

Has politics become too contemptuous of everyday life?

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On this weeks The Mindfield, Waleed Aly and Marc Stears (Director of the Sydney Policy Lab) explore the idea that politics / the political class / liberal democracy has become disconnected from the values and concerns of the community. Very relevant to the community independents movement.

A brief note on Humankind, by Rutger Bregman – democracy view.

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Rutger Bregman’s Humankind explores and debunks the myth that human nature is nasty by default. He acknowledges that it can be and in certain circumstances this can have survival value. But in the majority of circumstances and situations, humans’ default responses are kindness, compassion and being helpful. In relation to … Read More

A Framework for a Fair Australian Democracy

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The Australian Democracy Network, whose aim is to extract undue, excessive corporate influence from our political system, has launched a campaign to grow toward achieving that. More details about the campaign and the petition can be found on the #OurDemocracy website. It is fascinating how the our democracy meme is … Read More

How could community participation within a representative democracy system work?

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Peter Tait Looking at the issues confronting us at present: climate action, jobseeker rate, NDIS, infrastructure development, urban planning, asylum seekers and immigration, defence budgets, and many others, how might community members work with their elected representatives to look at managing them? This isn’t actually new; France tried it with … Read More

Avoiding circus elections …

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Avoiding circus elections, cutting out the dysfunction and corruption of the western liberal election process. Institute a sensible hiring process for representatives in our parliament, or for making the really complex decisions that bedevil our society. Idealistic and entirely possible.  Adam Cronkright is coordinator of ‘of by for‘ and co-founder … Read More

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