This week, we’re looking at the way politics has been invaded by mass culture. Content has become, at best, incidental to the real story, which is the entertainment-value of the political spectacle itself.
Ever been to a public hearing? Drafted to a community advisory panel? Has your say been actually reflected in the final decision of whatever the project was? Or were you left feeling that you'd taken part in what amounted to a little more than a tick-the-box exercise? What then could be a genuine form of community consultation?
Iain Walker, Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation, chats with Tom Elliott on 3AW Radio Melbourne. The subject is the proposed donation by the newDemocracy Foundation for a Citizens' Convention to let citizens reform democracy.
Real Democracy Now! a podcast answers the question: can we do democracy differently? If you're dissatisfied with the current state of democracy but not sure how it could be improved this is the podcast for you. You'll hear from experts and activists as well as everyday people about how democracy works and how it can be improved. Then you get to choose which reforms you think would make the most difference.