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The Foundation for the People of the South Pacific International (FSPI) is a regional agency based in Suva. FSPI’s project V&C: Gardening Good Governance and Democracy in the Pacific (V&C) is the subject of this review. The main objective of V&C is to address threats...
Sharon Beder takes a look at the increasing use of 'strategic lawsuits against public participation', or SLAPPs, by corporations against individual citizens and groups for exercising their democratic rights.
The Australian Democrats pride themselves on being a really democratic party. But can they continue to allow all rank and file members to influence policy-making? Probably not. Zareh Ghazarian argues that the Democrats need a new way to engage party members that avoids the long...
Peter Andren, the independent federal member for Calare, attacks the excesses of parliamentary 'entitlements' employed in the pursuit of re-election. 'We have a system,' he writes, 'that delivers all representatives incredible privileges and power through incumbency.'
A consistent feature that connects terrorists of varying political motives and personality types is the existence of near universal feelings of anger, disempowerment, and frustration. Moreover, to the extent that the denial of human rights robs individuals of their dignity it constitutes a form of...
The increasingly broad scope of international trade agreements has raised widespread concern about the implications for popular sovereignty.
Internationally, most attention has been focused on the World Trade Organization. In Australia, the same issue has arisen in relation to the free trade agreement negotiated...
In this detailed study, Barry Hindess from the Democratic Audit Team argues that corruption 'is a more substantial problem than Australia's impressive performance on conventional international measures would seem to indicate'.
Following an ACT Electoral Commission recommendation to the ACT government, the territory's Electoral Act was amended in December 2000 to permit electronic voting and counting for ACT Legislative Assembly elections. Phillip Green, the Australian Capital Territory Electoral Commissioner, reflects on the ACT's experience with electronic...
Free and fair elections are the basic building blocks of democracy. Over time the Queensland electoral system has been subject to the vagaries of political manipulation in three main ways: zonal malapportionment, boundary manipulation (gerrymandering) and changes to the methods of counting valid votes. John...
The Hon Mr Paul Tovua, chairman of the Peace Council in the Solomon Islands, delivered the CDI's annual address on 8 March 2004. Mr Tovua commended the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands for its role in the restoration of law and order...