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For a Representative Democracy to function as an actual democracy there needs to be an effective mechanisim for the voters of each elctorate to be able communicate to the elected member how they want them to vote on each Bill before Parliament.

The Dickson Representatives have developed a mechanism to do just that.

To this end we offer to the voters of Dickson the following Representation Options.


1Unnotified Voter
  • Choose a Community Rep and let them vote with your Proxy in a way that they think best.
  • This level will suit voters who do not have the time, inclination or experience to be involved with voting directly on Bills and want to know that their vote is being used & counted On Bills by someone they know and trust.
2Notified Voter
  • Choose a Community Rep and they will notify you how they vote with your Proxy on a Bill.
  • If you don't like how your Rep has voted with your proxy then you can vote directly on that Bill or give your proxy to a Bill Rep who aligns with your position on the Bill.


Self Representation
  • Represent yourself and vote directly on all Bills.
  • Or give your proxy to a Bill Rep who alligns with your position on the Bill.
  • This option is recomended for those voters who wish to take full control of how their voting position is communicated to the Federal Member for Dickson.
  • Whilst not mandatory it is expected that voters who represent themselves will either vote directly on Bills or give theri proxy to a Bill Representative who will vote on thier behalf.
4Bill Representative
  • Anybody who is registered with the Dickson Reps can nominate themselves to be a Representative on any Bill. So regardless of whether you have given your proxy to a Community Rep or you Self Represent you can represent other Dickson voters on a Bill.
  • This option is recomended as a the first step to gain representation experience before moving to the more responsible postion of Community Representative.
5Community Representative
  • Anybody who is registered with the Dickson Reps can nominate themselves to be a Community Representative.
  • This option is recomended for voters who want to be more engaged with the representation process. As a Community Rep you can start out just representing your those in your close personal network such as family, house mates & friends who are registered as Dickson voters.
  • By selecting the option in the Voter Registraion form to be a Community Rep you will be automaticlly listed as a Rep on this website.
  • If you want to expand your network of the voters you represent you can set up your own Representative page. We will help you set this up and once done you can take autonomous control of that site.
  • This option is recommended as the next step to gain community representation experience before offering yourself a Candidate for the elected office.
  • If you decide you wish to stand for elected office as the Federal Member for Dickson then you can do so as an Independent.
  • To do this you will need to get the signed nomination of 100 voters who are registered with the AEC.
  • All candidates standing for the electorate of Dickson who are already Community Reps can sign the Dickson Reps Statutory Declaration pledging that, if elected as the Member for Dickson, they will vote as directed by the majority.
  • If they sign this Stat Dec then they will be preferenced on the How To Vote cards of all the other candidates who have also signed this Stat Dec Pledge.