Democratic Renewal

The best-designed policy in the world is meaningless without a healthy democracy. Democracy is not simply a checklist of institutions such as regular elections or an independent judiciary. Rather than a final destination, democracy should be seen as the task of continually expanding the power of citizens to influence the decisions that affect their lives. CPD’s Democratic Renewal program looks at how Australia can approach that task in new and innovative ways.

Restoring a healthy democracy

The Hon Gough Whitlam calls for simultaneous Federal and State elections on fixed dates. He says that these should be coupled with introduced along with simultaneous, four-year federal terms for both Houses of Parliament. He cites the United States asmore

Federalism: Where is it headed?

Bob McMullan considers the future of federalism and proposes a set of ‘framework principles’ for working through issues involving federal and state interests and responsibilities. The proposed framework principles favour a strong and well-resourced central government which distributes resources to themore

Power to the people: Citizens Assemblies

Lyn Carson proposes that Australia employ Citizens’ Assemblies on issues like the republic. She writes, ‘It was a fabulous experiment in deliberative democracy – it has all the essential ingredients: a representative sample of citizens, brought together and given access to considerable informationmore

Values, not markets

Ian McAuley writes, 'When politicians in the major parties do attend to the citizens, it is in the way of the marketing executive, determined to sustain or gain market share. The marketing executive offers trinkets such as cash-back vouchers andmore

Not such a super idea

Ian McAuley writes, ‘we need to re-frame our public policy attention, away from the simple notion of more or less superannuation, and towards asking what policies may help us in matching income at our life stages with our needs atmore