On May 9th 2011, popular Monday night television program ABC's Q&A partnered with OurSay to power the most questions for the first episode following the 2011 federal budget.
ABC chose the second most popular question to put to the program's panel, which included Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten; Opposition Senate Leader Eric Abetz; Anna Rose from the Youth Climate Coalition; Judge Felicity Hampel from the Victorian County Court; and John Roskam, executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.
Over 800 people participated, posting 91 questions and casting over 3000 votes.
Find out more about the partnership here.
“The Government is investing $40 billion in the National Broadband Network and up to $50 billion for a new submarine fleet. Given that dealing with climate change is a priority for the Gillard Government and the Australian public, why won’t it invest a similar amount in a nation-building renewable energy project with the scale and vision of a Snowy Mountains Scheme for the 21st Century?”
“Many Australians feel democracy has been hijacked by corporate lobbyists and that policymaking is driven by whatever vested interests have the biggest pockets to manipulate public opinion. Can anyone offer some practical wisdom on how democracy can be reclaimed by the people, for the people and so that it once again centres on what is best for our society in the long term?”