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.

The project was funded by the newDemocracy Foundation with the support of the Australian Research Council.

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A lay panel of 14 people, without subject matter expertise and representing a cross-section of the community, was brought together by the Australian Museum in June 1999.

The reader will note in the final report (attached) that the citizens were able to hear from a diverse range of speakers from academics through to commercial providers such as Monsanto: they specifically heard conflicting viewpoints and sought to find points upon which they all agreed, not settling matters through a simple majority vote.

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Developing civic deliberation and collaborative governance to co-create a sustainable future (Western Australia)

This project aimed to have citizens, government and industry in the Greater Geraldton City Region working together to develop and implement sustainability plans.

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