Community Movie Night: BIG DEAL

FRI 1 OCTOBER 2021, 6.30-8.20PM

Almost 200 members of the North Sydney community came together for our exclusive screening of BIG DEAL: Is our democracy for sale?

The feature documentary was introduced by director Craig Reucassel and presenter Christiaan Van Vuuren. We were joined by Tony Mohr from Democracy Australia who helped address audience questions and comments in the live chat throughout the film.

The documentary asked hard questions about the way big industries, like guns and fossil fuels, influence our politicians. It was eye-opening and moving and, as our live poll showed, had an immediate impact on how this community feels about the state of our democracy.

Now, what can we do about it?

Below is a list of resources from the filmmakers, our team, and the wonderful community chat. As we heard from the filmmakers and many in our community throughout the night: Democracy is not a spectator sport. We can each do our part to make change happen.

  • Big Deal: Is our democracy for sale?
    Visit the Big Deal website if you want to know more about the film, the team behind it and experts interviewed. If you missed our screening on Friday or want to watch the movie again, visit the Madman Films website to find the next screening.
  • ‘Dark money: $70 million in major party income is untraceable’ (SMH)
    More than $70 million that flowed to the Liberal and Labor parties ahead of the 2016 federal election – at least half of all the money they collected – is considered untraceable dark money, Sydney Morning Herald analysis shows.
  • Revolving Doors by Michael West Media
    Independent journalist network Michael West Media maps networks of influence/power by tracking the movements of politicians, people of influence, bureaucrats, lobby groups, and big business/industry. More than 56% of politicians retire to positions of power in lobby groups or big industry
  • The Carbon Club by Marian Wilkinson
    Investigative journalist Marian Wilkinson’s book The Carbon Club sets out how a network of influential climate sceptics, politicians and business leaders fought to control Australia’s climate policy. See Marian discuss the book on ABC’s Radio National, or see her North Sydney Conversations panel discussion with Craig Reucassel here.
  • Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020
    Helen Haines MP has introduced a Bill to Parliament to create a strong and independent Federal Integrity commission. You can read more about the Bill, its history and how to support it.
  • Australian Democracy Network
    Saffron Zomer, Tony Mohr and their team at the Australian Democracy Network aim to bring people and organisations together to campaign for the changes that make our democracy more fair, open, participatory, and accountable.

What can we do?

You can help push for change by writing to your MP:

  • Asking that the government restore public integrity in federal politics by preventing corruption through a National Integrity Commission, protecting the integrity of our accountability institutions and eliminating the undue influence of money in politics. The Big Deal team has put up a great letter-writing form and tips here. You may also find these fact sheets from the Centre for Public Integrity helpful.

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