Real Democracy Australia
Real Democracy Australia was set up to facilitate the spread of direct, deliberative and participatory democracy throughout Australia. We are part of a global democratic awakening. It is time all Australians had a fair say in decisions that affect us all. We take our inspiration from ¡Democracia Real YA! (Spanish for “Real Democracy NOW! aka DRY) which is a grassroots citizens’ organisation that started in March 2011 in Spain. It sparked the political movement of May 15, 2011 where protests gained world wide attention. (You can visit their website here) ¡Democracia Real YA! drew it’s inspiration from the 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests, the Arab Spring, the 2010–2011 Greek protests and the 2010-2011 revolutions in Tunisia. The people behind Real Democracy Australia began their investigation in participatory democracy through involvement with the worldwide Occupy Movement. We denounce the way big businesses and banks dominate the political and economic sphere and aim to propose a series of solutions to these problems through grassroots participatory, deliberative and direct democracy, which is based on general assemblies and consensus decision making.