Will citizens’ juries give us a voice?
With development rampant across major Australian cities, many residents feel like they’ve lost a say in what happens to their communities. Public consultation seems token, and deals appear to be stitched up before concerned citizens can put in their two cents.
It’s in this fraught environment that an alternative governance model known as a citizens’ jury is beginning to pop up more frequently as local and state government grapple with how to involve communities in public decision-making.
Read my special report for The Fifth Estate: Citizen juries & new democracy: Farrelly, Doyle, Walker, Belgiorno-Nettis, Brokman