Australian democracy is under stress.

Most Australians now think that the government is run for a few big interest groups, rather than for all the people.

Years of party infighting, together with long-standing inequities (e.g., the under-representation of women and Indigenous Australians) and mounting policy challenges (e.g., climate change, federal spending controls) have seen satisfaction with Australian democracy decline precipitously in recent times.

What has gone wrong? Is Australia democratically engaged in name only? What are the most promising reforms that can simultaneously reinvigorate Australians’ attachment to their democratic order, rebalance the lack of diverse representation in federal Parliament, and drive fresh policies to address emerging national policy challenges? Does compulsory voting improve our democracy? Are there trends afoot in the new 2022 federal Parliament that give cause for hope?

As the dust settles on the 2022 federal election, come to hear, and question a stellar panel of experts on the future of democracy


  • Kate Chaney, Federal Member for Curtin
  • Associate Professor Ullrich Ecker, UWA School of Psychological Science
  • Lenda Oshalem, Partner and Perth Office Head (Communications), SEC Newgate
  • Dr Lachlan Umbers, UWA School of Humanities
  • Professor Shamit Saggar, Director UWA Public Policy Institute (Moderator)

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