Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy
- Scope of Operations & Activities
Improving ways for citizens to participate in creating our future Developing a program for more open and responsive relationships with our representatives Supporting citizens to better use and change the political system
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Mission and Purpose
A democratic Canberra — where citizens trust their elected representatives, hold them accountable, engage in decision making, and defend what sustains the public interest.
To build a social movement to engage citizens and the political system in creating a democratic Canberra.
Origins and Development
The Canberra Alliance grew out of a series of “Kitchen Table Conversations” held in Canberra by SEE-Change in 2014 which identified many issues of concern to participants who believed they were being inadequately addressed by governments.
Issues included the high-speed rail link, food production, housing availability, fairer taxation, refugees, environmental regulation, overseas aid, public transport and climate change.
A common thread in conversations was the failure of government to protect the common good.
The Canberra Alliance was formed by some of the participants from these conversations, with the aim to develop strategies to make the views of members available to decision-makers, and bring the power of the people to bear on government decision making through various participatory and deliberative democracy methods.
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Community group funded by membership