If only it was truly democratic, it isn’t and we lost control once big money was able to influence decision making and the populace voices were lost. Lost until elections roll around when they are promised so much but then once the elections are finished so little is given. Voting patterns insomuch that large parties get control means that their agendas end up over-riding democratic wishes.
As an example the desire in the Community for real climate action is running about 75% or higher, in a democracy that would ensure change, in our system it just means status quo or worse.
Mines taking water, nothing new here. Galilee Basin should be enough current evidence of the rush to support mining above the needs of the people living on the land when it comes to water security. They would rather put water in plastic bottles and ship it in to towns than actually deal with water security for people…and the water put into those bottles is taken from towns/communities to support business leaving the very same towns/communities that need it to have it returned to them in those bottles. Makes perfect sense if you are a business wanting to make money, no sense if you are the towns and communities.