Latest OpenAustralia website developments

Just a quick update of where we’re at with building the OpenAustralia website – we’ve been working really hard in our spare time to get some very important features on the website working.Some of the big things that we got working this month:

  • Search – you can search for text in speeches, see the number of times different representatives used a particular phrase and see the most recent speeches by a particular representative. These are just some of the things you can do with the search feature.
  • Ministerial information – we’ve added all the ministerial positions of representatives and senators back to the beginning of the Howard government. When a minister speaks, their their job title is right next to their photo. Also, on each representative’s page you see all their ministerial appointments, current and past.
  • Postcode lookup – On the front page you can enter your postcode and it will tell you who your representative is and remember that for the next time you come back to the site.

There have also been lots of little fixes. If you want to follow the software development in detail go to

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One Comment

  1. Peter Wood
    Posted July 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Great site – a really nice feature would be to have coverage of the senate as well – senate estimates committee would also be very interesting.

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