Tie Party Funding to ‘Diversity’ Requirements
As referenced here, today each citizen’s valid vote is worth $4.78 in public funding provided to major political parties ($2.39 for each of the Lower and Upper House primary votes cast).
City of Canada Bay Project
In May 2012 the City of Canada Bay Council commenced a process to devolve decision making to a random selection of 36 citizens drawn from the local government area. They are being asked the question 'What services should we deliver in the City of Canada Bay, and how should we pay for them?'.
TEDx Sydney 2012
TEDxSydney 2012 took place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Carriageworks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, many thousands online via YouTube and ABC Big Ideas ... and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National.
The Australian Citizens’ Parliament (2009)
This was Australia’s largest deliberative event, convened on the topic of democratic reform – asking the question how Australia’s political system could be strengthened to serve us better. It brought together a representative sample of Australia drawn from each of our 150 electorates.
NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee
In July 2012, as part of the Inquiry into the Economics of Energy Generation the NSW Parliament will commission a jury style process to make a structured contribution to the public inquiry process.
A New Planning System for NSW
In July 2011 the NSW Government began a comprehensive review of the state's planning system. The Minister sought submission and comments from the community and the Foundation has made two submissions which you can download here. The need for a planning system to be representative, trusted and consensual is a challenge at the core of the Foundation’s research aims, and while we hold no specific issue position about planning objectives, we have focused on designing a process that should earn public trust by being very difficult to manipulate by any particular interest.