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The #OurDemocracy campaign is a collaborative campaign developed with input from individuals and organisations across Australia.

The campaign was developed by three organisations – the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Democracy Network, together with the input of over 30 more. These core organisations continue to develop the solutions and work on the campaign, but just as our democracy belongs to all Australians, the #OurDemocracy campaign is a movement of people and organisations passionate about making our democracy fairer for all. 

The Framework for a Fair Democracy has been endorsed by organisations that work right across the spectrum of important issues–from environmental organisations, human rights advocates, health groups to churches– with each taking action to see it become law.

Whether you’re a million-dollar organisation, a local community group, or an individual, if you, like us, are passionate about protecting our democracy, we encourage you to pick up the Framework and the #OurDemocracy campaign materials and champion them in your community.
The following organisations have endorsed the Framework for a Fair Democracy

Our vision is for a political system where our elected representatives reflect the values and concerns of our communities, decision making is balanced and fair, and people and the planet are at the heart of every decision.

Unfortunately, this is often not the way Australian politics goes. Weak laws allow powerful industries and lobby groups to exploit democratic processes for their own financial gain. And, even when exposed, there are rarely consequences for corrupt and unethical behaviour.

The Framework draws on international best practice to outline essential measures to reduce corporate influence and restore balance in our politics.

It has been developed through significant consultation with leading expert advisors, academics and organisations working on integrity issues, and is part of a growing campaign of people demanding greater integrity in our democracy.

The following organisations have endorsed the Framework for a Fair Democracy

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This form is for organisations wanting to endorse the Framework. Endorse as an individual here.

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Expert Advisers

Joo-Cheong Tham is a Professor at Melbourne Law School. He is one of Australia’s leading experts on law and democracy and the author of Money and Politics: The Democracy We Can’t Afford

Dr Lindy Edwards is an academic at the University of NSW and a former economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Her 2020 book Corporate Power in Australia: Do the 1% Rule? is the most thorough and authoritative modern study of corporate influence in Australian politics.  

George Williams AO is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning and Assurance) and Scientia Professor at the University of NSW. He is one of Australia’s leading experts on constitutional and public law, and government accountability.

Dr Yee-Fui Ng is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University Law School and expert on strengthening political institutions and enhancing executive accountability. She is author of The Rise of Political Advisors in the Westminster System and Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context

Kate Griffiths is the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Fellow at the Grattan Institute, and co-author of the Institute’s seminal “Who’s in the Room” report on access and influence in Australian politics. 

Meredith Edwards AM is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canberra, specialising in public administration. She has written extensively on public sector governance, including Public Sector Governance in Australia

Graeme Orr is Professor of Law at the University of Queensland and one of the country’s leading experts on electoral law and regulating democracy.  He has authored and edited six books on the subject, including The Law of Politics. 

George Rennie is a political scientist and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Melbourne. He is a regular commentator on integrity in government and is currently completing his PhD on lobbying regulation.

First Nations Justice and #OurDemocracy

At #OurDemocracy, we recognise that we cannot achieve a healthy democracy until we have justice, rightful recognition and genuine reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  First Nations Peoples of Australia. 

The #OurDemocracy campaign acknowledges that Australian democracy is a political system that was imposed upon First Nations People and is a part of our colonial legacy. We recognise that historically, Australian democracy explicitly excluded First Nations Peoples from holding the same rights as white settlers.  Our political system has been built on racist foundations and continues to systematically deny justice for First Nations Peoples. 

Further, we acknowledge that many First Nations Peoples recognise and practice traditional systems of authority and lore, and we respect their leadership and right to self-determination. We also recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were the first campaigners for equality and human rights in this country, and we have much to learn from their experiences and perspectives. 

The organisations that lead #OurDemocracy recognise that racism and colonialism are everywhere, every day, and First Nations Peoples are disproportionately impacted by issues of corporate influence and corruption in our politics.  #OurDemocracy is committed to a process of continuous reflection to ensure First Nations justice is prioritised and anti-racism principles are embedded in our work. 

This is not a destination, but an ongoing process — we’ll keep this page updated as we go.