It’s the fourth day of the ABC’s debate, and I’m sitting in the ABC News studio in Sydney, watching a debate between a former Australian of the Year, Julie Bishop, and Labor’s former leader, Kevin Rudd.
I’m sitting here with my hands in my lap and I can’t quite remember what I’m supposed to say.
But I can clearly remember what she says: “The people want change.”
And that’s when I’m struck by a fact: I’m in the audience.
This is a place where people can listen to a debate about anything, including a political issue.
For some, this is their chance to hear their views heard.
For others, this means having a conversation with the person who has the power to shape public policy and to influence elections.
So I’ve come here, with my two cents worth, to ask: What is a democratic forum?
And how can we use it to improve democracy and to improve the lives of our citizens?
This is an edited transcript of the debate.
Topics:debate,government-and-politics,election,government,australiaFirst posted January 02, 2020 12:37:46More stories from New South Wales