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.

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

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