Citizen’s Jury, newDemocracy Foundation, Australia
In April 2013, the newDemocracy Foundation was appointed by the South Australian Premier to conduct a Citizens Jury linked to alcohol related violence. In all spheres of government, it can occur that good decisions don’t get made for fear of the political cost through a vox pop response. The Citizens Jury, comprised of randomly selected citizens not affiliated to a party, not up for re-election, and not linked to lobbyists has the power to act as a final filter to ensure worthwhile policy options have the chance to be publicly considered. Critically, the level of authority agreed to by the Premier will see the recommendations go directly to Cabinet as well as being tabled, verbatim, in Parliament.