The results of David Cameron's "Big Society" experiment are in -- and it would be a very foolish Australian government that followed in his footsteps.

"Big Society" was sold to the UK public with the promise of scaling back the role of government in the delivery of public services and filling the void with increased volunteerism, outsourcing and social enterprise. This was supposed to give the public more of what they want and provide equality of opportunity and a better life for all.