Australia's first Citizens' Parliament (also referred to as Australian Citizens' Parliament and ACP) was a large-scale three-day deliberation that took place in Canberra between randomly-selected citizens of Australia in February 2009. Organized by the new Democracy Foundation, the citizens were asked to address the question of how the Australian government could be strengthened to better serve the people. Their results, 13 proposals, were presented to the Australian Parliament. This event was meticulously recorded and provides an important vault of resources for future research.
The New Jersey Peoples’ Tax Assembly was a deliberative event conducted in 2003 organized by the New Jersey Coalition for the Public Good. Its aim was to provide recommendations for steps to reform New Jersey’s tax system, commonly seen as unfair. The Tax Assembly involved nearly 100 delegates whose selection was meant to provide appropriate gender and geography representation. These delegates given information to help them form opinions and guide their small group discussions. Facilitators compiled notes from the discussions into a report which was presented to the state legislature.