Australian online eDemocracy Resource goes live28 November, 2005
Australian eDemocracy, an online eDemocracy resource, was launched today by a consortium of Australian organisations including the Queensland Government, Cisco Systems, QUT and The National Forum.
Spokesman Martin Stewart-Weeks said that the aim of the site was to bring focus to the many Australian initiatives which are using ICTs, and in particular the Internet, to improve citizen engagement and participation and democratic practice. The intention was to create a space to bring together Australian examples of projects and initiatives and to link Australia to international practice too.
"Australia is at the forefront of many of these initiatives. Community organisations are getting involved, as well as governments.
"In New South Wales, the Community Builders website provides a virtual space for information and debate about strengthening communities and people getting involved in community action. The Victorian Parliament has completed a major review of e-democracy options. Western Australia’s Citizenscape website provides online tools and opportunities for people to become involved in debate about public policy issues.
"And the Queensland government is frequently cited for its Get Involved website and the parliament's ePetition site. Innovations like this will be catalogued and promoted by Australian eDemocracy."
The site will be hosted by The National Forum, Australia's premier non-government eDemocracy organisation, and publisher of On Line Opinion, at http://democracy.nationalforum.com.au/. It will publish regular email newsletters which can be subscribed to at http://democracy.nationalforum.com.au/subscribe.php.
Mr Stewart-Weeks invited anyone involved in the field to send relevant information to the editor Daniel Macpherson.