Strengthening democracy in Australia

Strengthening democracy in Australia includes a summary of the most important reasons for strengthening democracy and two essays concerned with accountability and democratic reform

Issue Sheet - Democracy

Key requirements for strengthening democracy

Key requirements for strengthening democracy summarises the main areas in which further accountability and democratic reform is needed and the reasons for making such reforms…

Essays, Books & Reports

Democracy under siege

The essay Democracy under siege discusses the nature of democracy in Australia, democratic challenges facing the country, recent developments in other major democracies and what we might now do in Australia…

Hear Our Voice

Hear Our Voice: The democracy Australians want examines what we mean by democracy, suggesting it must extend far beyond holding elections every three years. Democracy must provide ‘responsive rule’ between, and in addition to, elections…


Related link

The table Democratic Reform Initiatives – current status briefly summarises areas of desirable democratic reform and the justifications for such reform and then lists the current status or proposed action or legislation related to the matter in the federal parliament …

Recent releases


Hear Our Voice book cover Hear Our Voice Ken Coghill & Paula Wright

New reports

Book cover Are we progressing: Comprehensive monitoring and reporting in Australia Andrew Macintosh & Deb Wilkinson

New Essays

HRFA-cover Human Rights For and Against Spencer Zifcak & Alison King

Aus-Economy The Australian Economy Ian McAuley

GPoverty-img Global poverty Michelle Sowey

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Democracy in Australia

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Fact and Issue Sheets

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School resources

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