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Election Cheat Sheets

October 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Democracy is a tough game. Being an informed citizen means reading widely, watching closely, listening hard and discussing often. Even when you’ve got an idea of what your priorities are, working out which parties are advocating policies you stand for can be an involved task.

Many Australians left HSC study to the last minute and democracy preparation is no different. What we need when we turn up to the polls isn’t so much ‘how to vote’ cards but ‘what they stand for’ cards. We need the political landscape described, not our political choices prescribed.

Today I’ve taken a small step toward seeing Election Cheat Sheets becoming a reality – I’ve registered electioncheatsheet.com. At the moment there is nothing at the domains, but if I have support, I would like to see at-a-glance tables summarising key differences between political parties.

I’m wondering what the best way forward will be? Should I set up a wiki or a blog? All ideas welcome!

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