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Dickson Representatives

100% Guaranteed Representation


The core of a Representative Democracy is Representation. The current model of political parties, with their own sets of policies endorsing candidates who then get elected and vote as directed by their parties and donors falls way short of real representation. To compound this problem even further even if the elected representative wanted to represent what the majority in the electorate want how can one person engage with 90,000 or so voters across 1,000's of policies. It is just not possible. So for this idea of direct democracy to work we need a new model that addresses these very real limitations. To this end the Dickson Representatives have adopted  a representation model that has many representatives :

Any voter in the electorate can represent themselves directly or other voters on all policy issues .

Representation is divided into two broad categories of General Representation and Policy Representation.

General Representatives as the name suggests aren't focused on policy specifically and seek to represent other voters who don't have the time or inclination to be involved directly in any policy issues. The General Rep collects the proxy votes of the voters who choose them as their Representative and then engages with the various representation activities in the electorate. It is from this group that the candidates for elected office are drawn.

Policy Representatives are directly involved in a specific policy. They also collect the proxies of those people who choose them as their representative for that policy. The Policy Rep can take a position for or against  a policy and voters will generally select their policy rep on the basis of whether or not they take the same position as them, A General Rep can also be a Policy Rep on one or more policies. It is the role of the Policy Reps to ultimately  facilitate a consensus on policy and to then instruct the General Rep how to vote in parliament.

This approach is outlined in the following diagram which shows the Proposed Structure of ‘Policy / Voter / Member / Representatives.

Dickson Representatives pledge to represent what the majority want. However, until there is a change to the Australian Constitution to make this the law then any elected representative can legally ignore the Will of the electorate. To address this the Constitution needs to be changed to make it the law that representatives must represent the Will of the of the voters who elected them. See Separation of Powers - Policy & Representation.