Discover the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it.

Media  •   Partnerships Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

The Power of 1: does your vote count?

The exhibition ran at the Museum of Australian Democracy from October 2014 - October 2015. Based on original research undertaken before and during the exhibition, we revealed the changing nature of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it.

Stay tuned for the Power of Us, coming in 2016!

The Power of Us builds on the Power of 1 exhibition and associated research. In the Power of Us we'll explore the collective and how the public's perceived lack of trust in our political system and politicians affects our democratic process.

You can still have your say and contribute to the research for the Power of Us
by taking the Power of 1 survey.

1995 to 2010+1980 to 1994
Generation Y & Z

Generations Y and Z grew up with technology, being connected 24/7, and tech savvy is in their DNA. Seeing their parents slogging away in stressful corporate jobs, they're shaping their own views on the workforce and the need for work-life balance.

1965 to 1979
Generation X

Gen X grew up in a time of global political change. They're more open to diversity than previous generations; they have learnt to embrace differences such as religion, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity.

1946 to 1964
Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers are born optimists. They grew up in good times. They're successful, affluent and know they are more secure and comfortable than their parents. Boomers feel the world changed for the better in their hands.

1925 to 1945
Builders

Builders are practical and hands on. Living through hard times, they learnt to tough it out: they're survivors. Grateful for prosperity but wary of a return to the bad old days, Builders sought a safer and more secure future for their kids.

The Survey

A national baseline survey was conducted to explore the Australian community's views on democracy and how these vary across generations. The results tell us what Australians like and dislike, how they participate and the changes they would like to see.

 
22%
24%
18%
14%
We want...
Citizens' juries to make decisions about local issues
 
8%
13%
24%
43%
We dislike that...
Minor parties and independents hold too much power
 
15%
18%
26%
29%
We like that...
We can participate in decisions that affect us
Builders
Baby Boomers
Generation X
Generation Y

You can still have your say and contribute to the research for the Power of Us
by taking the Power of 1 survey.

Complete the survey and have your say