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Direct democracy in NZ and Switzerland: lessons for Australia

1 Mar 2016
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Australians are referendum reluctant. Only eight out of forty-four constitutional referendums have succeeded.

In Switzerland the population votes four times year, on about ten different direct democracy initiatives.

New Zealand referenda are not as regular but this week our kiwi cousins are voting on whether or not to keep the Union Jack in the top left hand side of their flag or replace it with graceful curving fern.

As the Australian government ponders a plebiscite on gay marriage and a possible referendum on indigenous recognition, a look at what New Zealand and Switzerland can teach us about direct democracy.

 

Guests

Professor Andrew Geddis

Professor of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand (58)

Andreas Gross

Political scientist and for 24 years was a member of the Swiss Parliament

Publications

 

Title

Direct Democracy

Author

Andreas Gross (in German)

Publisher

info@andigross.ch

Further Information

Flag Consideration Project: New Zealand government

Credits

Presenter

Damien Carrick

Producer

Anita Barraud

Publication Details
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2016
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