This article concerns a 2001 experiment that took place during an independent legislative review commissioned by the Minister for the Environment in New South Wales.
Randomly selected citizens participated in a televote and citizens' jury on container deposit legislation, and contributed to the final recommendations of the review. The trial of these innovative participatory techniques took place because a research team from the Institute for Sustainable Futures conducting the review believed that it was crucial to include typical citizens if the community's preferences were to be determined.
This consultation experiment confirmed community support for the contentious option of container deposit legislation after in-depth discussion and debate. The authors claim that the greater the level of deliberation, the more confident policy makers can be in the results of community consultation.