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The core of a Representative Democracy is Representation. The current model of political parties, with their own sets of policies endorsing candidates who then get elected and vote as directed by their parties and donors falls way short of real representation. To compound this problem even further even if the elected representative wanted to represent what the majority in the electorate want how can one person engage with 100,000+ voters across 100's or 1,000's of policies. It is just not possible. So for this idea of direct democracy to work we need a new model that addresses these very real limitations. To this end the Dickson Representatives have adopted  a representation model that has many representatives :

Any voter in the electorate can represent themselves directly or other voters on all policy issues.

Representation is divided into two broad categories of General Representation and Policy Representation.

General Representatives as the name suggests aren't focused on policy specifically and seek to represent other voters who don't have the time or inclination to be involved directly in any policy issues. The General Rep collects the proxy votes of the voters who choose them as their Representative and then engages with the various representation activities in the electorate. It is from this group that the candidates for elected office will emerge.

Policy Representatives are directly involved in one or more specific policies. They also collect the proxies of those people who choose them as their representative for that policy. The Policy Rep can take a position for or against  a policy and voters will generally select their policy rep on the basis of whether or not they take the same position as them, A General Rep can also be a Policy Rep on one or more policies. It is the role of the Policy Reps to determine the electorate's positions on policies. And to then inform the Member for Dickson how to vote in parliament on these policies.

This approach is outlined in the following diagram which shows the Proposed Structure of ‘Policy / Voter / Member / Representatives.

The only requirement to be a Dickson Representative is to sign the below Statutory Declaration pledging to represent what the majority want.

If you want to be a Policy or General Representative or a Candidate for Dickson then contact us to get the ball rolling.