Citizens’ Senate

People often ask how current political representation might be improved, to avoid the cheap point scoring and sloganeering of elected/campaigning politicians. One option might be to trial an Upper House selected by lot – a Citizens’ Senate – with an advisory role, to start with.
Senators (say 99) would be recruited at random – like a jury – from the Australian population, with a third rotated out every 2 to 3 years. Consider it paid National Service. If nothing else, there’d be 50% women, and it would provide an insight into the thinking of everyday Australians, away from the parti-political machinations of elected representatives. (see more at www.newdemocracy.com.au)

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