Political participation experts suspect the Sydney Daily Telegraph’s much-hyped takeover of state parliament will be an elaborate media stunt rather than the "revolutionary new force in Australian democracy" promised by the paper.

On Monday The Telegraph, Sydney's top-selling newspaper, published a front-page splash announcing it would take over state parliament on March 1 to convene a People's Parliament of 60 Tele readers and 33 experts including 2GB shock jock Ray Hadley and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.