International Day of Democracy 2021

Today Abigail successfully moved a motion recognising that 15 September 2021 was International Day of Democracy, calling for all members to uphold the values and tenants of democracy. 

Ms ABIGAIL BOYD (10:05): I move:

(1) That this House notes that:

(a) Wednesday 15 September 2021 was International Day of Democracy, a day which celebrates the significance of democracy across the world, and encourages governments to review the current state of democracy;

(b) the voice of citizens are at the core of democracy, and Parliament should reflect the diversity of citizens within society in order for all voices to be represented and heard;

(c) the role of parliaments in a democracy is vital, including their capacity to act on democratic values of justice, peace, development, and human rights; and

(d) governments have the responsibility to act with transparency and accountability.

(2) That this House notes that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional and disproportionate difficulties in democratic participation and inclusion are faced by marginalised and vulnerable members of the New South Wales community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and older people.

(3) That this House calls on all members of New South Wales Parliament to work toward improving the state of democracy within New South Wales, by upholding democratic values and breaking down barriers to inclusion at all levels of democratic participation.

 

The full transcript can be found in Hansard, here.

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