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.

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

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

Re-engaging communities

John Menadue states,’there is ample evidence that we want to participate if we feel that our views are valued and will be reasonably acted upon. Polls show that whilst we are disillusioned with politicians we still want to be partmore