TRUE CHAMPION: Roma man Lane Brookes has been chosen for the role of Democracy Champion. INSET: Mr Brookes with former prime minister John Howard at Democracy 100.
TRUE CHAMPION: Roma man Lane Brookes has been chosen for the role of Democracy Champion. INSET: Mr Brookes with former prime minister John Howard at Democracy 100. Sarah Dionysius

Roma man is championing democracy

ROMA man Lane Brookes has just taken on a new role as a Democracy Champion for Australia.

Mr Brookes spent last week rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in Australian politics at the Democracy 100 event, run from the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra.

He was among the 100 leaders from across different sectors of society invited to come together and network ideas about how to promote a more positive and innovative way of looking at democracy in the nation.

From here Mr Brookes was chosen to be a Democracy Champion, a new role which is hoped to help engage the nation with democracy and create an informed citizenry.

"I was very privileged and honoured to be in the crowd with so many inspirational leaders of our country and it's humbling to be considered on their level,” he said.

"There were current politicians and senators, former prime ministers John Howard and Bob Hawke, and indigenous leaders Warren Mundine, Chris Sarra, Linda Burney and George Brandis.

"It was a great opportunity to get to meet some of these leaders.”

For someone who has dreams of one day becoming mayor of Roma, Mr Brookes is certainly on the right path, and is hoping to inspire others to have faith in our democratic system.

"The whole idea is to try and promote democracy and see what's working because how it stands now there are a lot of people who have mistrust in the government right across Australia,” he said.

"So we are looking at how we can change that.”

Mr Brookes and two other leaders from the the National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) will perform the role of Democracy Champions.

Lane Brookes meeting former prime minister John Howard at the Democracy 100 event last week.
Lane Brookes meeting former prime minister John Howard at the Democracy 100 event last week. Contributed

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