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Curtin academic helps win international award for Citizens’ Parliament

Media release

Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute community engagement practitioner Professor Janette Hartz-Karp says she is honoured to be part of the team that won an international award for Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament.

The Citizens’ Parliament was awarded the inaugural innovation prize in the International Association for Public Participation Core Values Awards for Australasia recently.

CUSP’s Professor Hartz-Karp led discussions at the Citizens’ Parliament which was held in February at the Old Parliament House in Canberra.

“I am delighted to be associated with winning such a highly contested award,” said Professor Hartz-Karp, of Maylands.

“It is exciting that our pioneering work in deliberative, influential citizen engagement has been recognised,” she said.

“The importance of empowering people to participate in politics through community engagement was one of the five priority outcomes of the report presented to Government.

“I am fully committed to pioneering innovative ways to engage everyday citizens in decision-making.

“I firmly believe this will strengthen our democracy and improve our capacity to address the critical, complex issues facing us.”

Curtin Faculty of Humanities acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Jennifer Nicol congratulated Professor Hartz-Karp on her outstanding achievement.

Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament was funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant in conjunction with The newDemocracy Foundation. Professor Hartz-Karp was a chief investigator on the research project with the University of Sydney and the Australian National University. CUSP is based in Fremantle, WA.

Contact: Professor Janette Hartz-Karp, CUSP, 08 9266 9035, 0431196335,