Welcome to Your Electorate page. Active Democracy Australia (ADA) wishes you success in your joint efforts with others in this seat to improve representation and contribute to improving Australian democracy. ADA will help you in whatever ways we can, including linking you up with other Bean voters who have contacted us. Don’t hesitate to make contact.
We will also be reporting news, stories and ideas from groups across the nation in Updates on this site and in the ADA newsletter, so let us know from time to time what you’re up to and how you’re going.
Electorate action groups in this seat
Active Democracy Bean please email Cath Blunt.
David Smith (ALP) is your MP. To find out about David:
- Check out his parliamentary, personal and party websites, and his Wikipedia entry.
- This site tells you how your MP’s policy priorities align with the priorities of voters in the seat. From Menu, click on Meet the Perfect Candidate, then Let’s talk and then Compare my electorate. Then type in your electorate and follow the prompts.
- Enter your MP’s name on this site and find out the parliamentary bills the MP voted for or against (or abstained on), and whether this conformed to their party vote.
- This site also tells you how your MP voted, as well as biographical information, the MPs’ speeches, their parliamentary expenses and their declared interests (that is, their properties, investments and gifts). The best place to start is to click on the summary button.
Find out about other candidates for this seat when they nominate and campaign before the election.
Results from past elections in this electorate
These can be found here.
More information about this electorate
This Australian Electoral Commission Profile contains some basic information about the electorate, including a map, the local government areas it covers and a link to details of the current MP.
This Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Quickstats page for this seat provides a range of demographic information relating to gender, age, education levels, ethnic background, religious affiliation, employment levels, occupations, incomes, family composition, housing circumstances and more, in numbers and percentages. These are compared with figures for your state and the nation. Note: in the 2016 Census Bean was included in the electorate of Canberra.
Good luck and please keep in touch!
If you would like to join us or run a KTC please email us.
More about Active Democracy Bean
Who we are and our goal
We are a small group of Bean residents who have met regularly over the last few months.
Our goal is to increase community engagement in the democratic process in our Federal electorate of Bean. We live in the area and our group is not associated with any political party.
We are auspiced by the Canberra Alliance for Participatory Democracy and have formed Active Democracy Bean under the umbrella of ActiveDemocracy ACT and are part of a growing national movement that is concerned to improve the responsiveness of our political representatives to the voices of their constituents.
We are inclusive, welcoming and respectful, accepting views from across the political spectrum with a focus on the wellbeing and good of all.
We aim to:
- Run ongoing Kitchen Table Conversations KTC), engaging a wide variety of community members throughout our electorate.
- Publish reports periodically to feed back to the Bean community their voices as heard through the conversations they have participated in. These reports will also be a tool for communicating with our elected representatives (our Member of Parliament and ACT Senators), the media and the broader community on what we the community say is important to us.
- Develop additional two-way channels of communication between us and our elected representatives (e.g. meetings on topics of importance, consultations via the KTC method on government policy, other forms yet to be developed!)
- Improve our understanding of existing channels of communication with our elected federal representatives and of how the political system works.
Before the Federal election, our plan is to:
- Hold KTCs in the community. The questions for discussion are:
- What’s good about how our federal government works?
- How do you think our government could work better?
- What do you see as the job of our local MP? How well are they doing it?
- What issues would you like them to work on?
- Release a report of the findings
- Hold a forum with candidates for the Bean electorate
After the Federal election ...
… we aim to establish an ongoing relationship with the successful candidate.