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Weatherill reveals his "festival of democracy"


Premier Jay Weatherill’s promised “festival of democracy” will be held in October this year and will include a two-day re-boot of the Festival of Ideas.

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Weatherill announced the event today, although he’s no longer calling it a festival of democracy, instead opting for the title “Open State”.

The event will be a 10-day collection of events which the Premier says will focus on “collaboration and innovation and how it can help grow the economy”.

He expects 10,000 people to take part in the program of conferences, symposiums and other public events to be held in Adelaide between October 18 and 27.

The program will include the Festival of Ideas, which has been resurrected by its founder Greg Mackie after the government removed funding, a two-day conference called “Integrity 2016” which focuses on integrity in business, trade and foreign investment, and the Institute of Public Administration’s 2016 national conference.

Weatherill said Open State was an opportunity for discussion about how South Australia can “improve the way we govern, collaborate, do business and foster new opportunities for the state”.

“Empowering people to have their say leads to more involvement and better outcomes,” he said.

A festival of democracy was one of the promises made by Weatherill in a policy paper on “Reforming Democracy“, released in August last year.

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