The first ever Australian Citizens’ Parliament was held February 6-9, 2009 in Canberra, Australia when 150 randomly selected Australians met for 3 days to answer the question: “How can Australia’s political system be strengthened to serve us better?”
The second phase of the 2009 Citizens’ Parliament process was the online parliament, which commenced after the regional meetings and ran until the 2009 Citizens’ Parliament sitting. Its purpose was to generate an initial set of proposals which could be elaborated upon in Canberra. The Online Parliament ran from mid-October 2008 to mid-January 2009. Over 300 randomly selected Australians signed up and more than 100 were active through out. The detailed proposals they developed helped form the agenda for the February event. 11 of the 12 proposals developed online and deliberated at the Citizens’ Parliament were adopted in their final recommendations to the Prime Minister, Parliament, and the media.
The Citizens’ Parliament recevied a Special Recognition Award from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in September 2009.