Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

ANU proposal silly

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-05-12

Regular readers will know I’m a big fan of participatory democracy, which is why the ANU Deliberative Democracy Project seems so darn silly.

It proposes merely another forum, the "Citizen’s Parliament" which "will be composed of one person selected from each of Australia?s 150 federal electoral districts, constituting a diversity of citizens reflective of the broader public".

Why would this means of getting one person per electorate be any more productive and representative of broad public opinion (or more usefully, considered and informed opinion) than the current method?


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