NewDemocracy is an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process. It conducts practical real world trials to show communities that democracy is an area where we can innovate. Random selection of citizens - the jury model - is a central concept newDemocracy seeks to test in terms of its usefulness in public decision making.

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The Magna Carta is a touchstone for democracy: a devolution of power from an absolute Monarch to his subjects. The Treaty, in all its chapters, became a complementary measure to the way the King, the government of the day, governed.

Last year, on the 800th anniversary of that treaty, we thought a further measure might better reflect the aspirations of Australians.

We think a complementary house of randomly selected people - A Citizens' Senate - could be trialed as a third house of Parliament.

We might be wrong, and that’s why we think a fair method for studying this measure, along with any others, is to put the question to a Convention, and let them spend some months deliberating on the measures.

The Irish Constitutional Convention of 2013 is a precedent in this regard.

The Irish had a mix of everyday people selected by lot (as in a jury) together with politicians - two thirds/one third.

In Australia, we could do something similar to consider: ‘How can we do democracy better?’ and report back to Parliament.

Submissions would come from all and sundry on how to improve our government.

Democracy is more than ‘the vote’ - it’s a way of organising ourselves, for no other reason than for ourselves.

Who We Are

Research Committee

Research Committee

The Hon Nick Greiner AC, Chair THE HON GEOFF GALLOP AC | RESEARCH COMMITTEE  CAROLYN HENDRIKS | RESEARCH COMMITTEE  

Board & Executive

Board & Executive

LUCA BELGIORNO-NETTIS AM | FOUNDER LYN CARSON | DIRECTOR KATHY JONES | DIRECTOR IAIN WALKER | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

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PROF. PETER SHERGOLD AC PROF. JANE MANSBRIDGE  CHERYL KERNOT MARK TEDESCHI AM JENNIFER WESTACOTT 

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In April 2016 the State Government acted on the recommendation of an independent Commission of Inquiry and dismissed the Greater Geelong City Council, and committed to consult the community about its local governance model before the next council election.

This inadvertently created one of the single great opportunities to explore how...

The Foundation exists with a goal of finding improvements to how we make trusted public decisions - democratic decisions – which represent the informed general will of the people. To do so, we seek to run practical projects in controversial areas of low public trust and where genuine public discourse is impossible as the topic generates...

The City of Greater Bendigo has a large urban area home to around 85% of the local government area's population; in turn this is surrounded by an array of rural areas and small towns. In most circumstances this pattern generally leads to a sense that the centre “gets everything” at the expense of the outer areas. We have no idea of...

Like many local government areas in NSW and across the country, Eurobodalla Shire Council faces the challenge of having significant infrastructure to manage, maintain and renew as well as having an enormous breadth of services to deliver. Coupled with finite income sources; a geographically, socially and economically diverse community; and a...

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