Tagged With election 2010

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It's been an interesting 17 days, but Election 2010 is more or less officially over with the news that a coalition of Labor, the Greens and three independents will, at least for now, be in control of the Federal Government. Whether you're ecstatic or despondent, breathe out and then get on with the rest of your life. To help that process, here's some projects to fill your time now that you're not following every political move on Twitter.

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After weeks of often-repetitive campaigning, tomorrow Australians finally get to vote and decide who will run the country for the next three years or so. No matter how you plan to vote, there's handy sites and apps that can make the process easier.

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Tony Abbott has said he thinks it is "hugely implausible" that the speeds on the National Broadband Network could easily increase by a factor of 10 to the 1 gigabit per second maximum speed now being claimed by the NBN. For his benefit (and the benefit of confused voters), we're here to explain in simple terms why such a scenario is plausible, even though it doesn't necessarily mean you'll get that speed directly into your house.

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The ABC's Australia Votes 2010 application will provide live electorate-by-electorate coverage, access to news stories and election-related tweets on August 22. Commendably, versions have been developed for iPhone, Android and Java users (with a BlackBerry-specific build promised shortly).

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We already knew that the Coalition was opposed to the NBN, but today it spelled out its alternative vision: essentially, spending a lot less money and leaving the job of offering increased speeds to the commercial sector. Is that enough to ensure that we'll get decent broadband in the future?

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The big tech topics in the election so far have been internet censorship and what will happen in the NBN, but there are other issues worth considering, such as local industry development and sustainability. There's a debate hosted by the Australian Computer Society taking place at 1pm today between Senator Stephen Conroy, Shadow Communications Minister Tony Smith and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to discuss all those issues, and if you're anywhere near a computer you've got plenty of chances to catch it.

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Just voting 1 above the line for your preferred party in the Senate means you don't get to choose your preferences, but filling out all the numbers below the line is fiddly. The Below The Line site comes to the rescue, letting you customise your preferences and print out a guide to take along on voting day.

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Google's newly launched Election 2010 site lets you view voting data for your electorate, find which parties are being searched on the moment via Google Trends and access Google's electionWIRE YouTube channel. Nice stuff for political junkies.

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We've already mentioned the excellent ElectionLeaflets.org.au as a resource to share election 2010 pamphlets and other marketing materials, but the National Library of Australia is collecting the actual physical documents as part of its role in documenting Australian history. Hit the link for details of how you can help out by mailing election ephemera to the library.

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Being on Twitter may be a pre-requisite for aspiring politicians these days, but much campaigning still takes place via old-fashioned mailbox drops. ElectionLeaflets.org.au is aiming to collect scans of all the leaflets used in the 2010 election, keeping a check on whether any parties make unwarranted or dodgy claims.