James Garriock

“The Voice to Parliament referendum provides a formal opportunity for First Nations people to participate in decisions. How much participation are we talking about exactly? Is it a “fundamental change in the way that we allocate the rights of citizens?” Are we ceding our sovereignty somehow? These issues might concern any prospective voter. Fortunately, engagement researchers have a framework for describing how much power we’re handing over. It’s the International Association for Public Participation’s “spectrum”, known as IAP2 for short. Using some actual detail, this post will tell you how much participation is being offered, which might guide your vote in the upcoming referendum …”