[LINK] OpenAustralia.org

Eric Scheid eric.scheid at ironclad.net.au
Mon Jun 16 15:53:55 AEST 2008



> With the launch last night of OpenAustralia.org, we now have our very own
> edition of TheyWorkForYou, thanks to the hard work of a group of local
> volunteers, plus the good people of mySociety, who build the technology on
> which the system is based.
> OpenAustralia combines Hansard (the official record of Australian
> parliamentary debates - effectively a transcript of the proceedings of the
> parliament), with information about our members of parliament, making it much
> easier to:
>   € follow a particular debate or theme - eg, climate change
>   € keep an eye on what your local member is saying and doing
>   € comment on and debate the issues yourself with other members of the site
> Would be great to see a site like this take on something of the energy of
> Whirlpool for example. That would get them sitting up and listening. Would
> also be nice to see a project like this get a bit of support from mainstream
> Australian media. Will we ever see the day where a newspaper urges its readers
> to ³Follow this story at OpenAustralia²?

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