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Resources

We’re not alone in our work to make our democracy work for all of us. Below is a list of resources from other organisations that you can use to get informed, and get involved.

Civil society statement on electoral disinformation

With the federal election less than six weeks away, 16 community, human rights and religious groups have joined forces to call on all candidates to refrain from misleading voters and commit to reforms to stop the spread of disinformation, which plagued the 2019 federal election and only became worse during the bushfires and the pandemic.

Report: “Confronting State Capture”

By its nature, state capture is usually hidden, often in plain sight. The scandals that hit the news are the tip of the iceberg. The report breaks done six modes of influence used in state capture.

Report: “Selling out our democracy”

This new report exposes how the powerful fossil fuels, gambling and tobacco industries are taking advantage of Australia’s weak integrity laws and distorting our democratic processes. 

“Voices” grassroots groups

Across Australia, communities are coming together to organise the “Voice” of their electorate. This Wikipedia page is an up-to-date list of all these groups.

Participatory Democracy

Active Democracy Australia is supporting people to create or join electorate action groups and host kitchen table conversations to strengthen democracy and representation.

How does your MP vote on issues that matter to you?

This excellent, open-source resource helps you quickly get a sense of how your MP votes on issues in Parliament. A great resource for preparing for a meeting with your MP.

Fossil Fuel Money Distorting Democracy

A deep dive by ACF into how the fossil fuel industry uses its wealth to distort democracy away from the public interest, and towards their private profits.

Democratic Freedoms

The Human Rights Law Centre program for democratic freedoms includes whistleblower protection, freedom to protest and the #OurDemocracy campaign.

Building a Stronger, Fairer and More Accountable System of Government

Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Action shows us how we can build a stronger, fairer and more accountable system of government.

Eliminating Undue Influence of Money in Politics

The Centre for Public Integrity is an independent think-tank dedicated to preventing corruption, protecting the integrity of our accountability institutions, and eliminating undue influence of money in politics.

Tips for Effective Meetings with Members of Parliament

Connecting with elected representatives is a powerful advocacy tool that concerned citizens can wield to take action on the issues they care most about. This guide from ACF provides comprehensive tips on how to have effective meetings with Members of Parliament.

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The Transparency Project

This initiative brings together the most powerful government transparency tools into a central location, along with The Guardian’s own investigations into political accountability.

The Rise of Corruption in Australia

In this series, Crikey investigates the rise of corruption in Australia, with a focus on looking at public life behaviour through the prism of soft corruption.