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Community Participation in Local Government

Democracy, as we know it in Australia, is fragile and can be easily undermined. Too often, especially recently, it has been used to further individual interests at the expense of the community. This paper aims to strengthen democracy by: (i) identifying the vulnerable points of Victoria's democratic local government system (prior to the installation of Commissioners); (ii) redefining democracy in terms of our preferred style of democracy – participatory democracy; and (iii) presenting ideas as to which processes and structures would maximise participatory democracy at the local government level, assuming that the Councils are democratically-elected.

Rainbow Alliance (1996)

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