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Posted February 13th, 2008 by Scott
Taking our guidance from Priscilla, we can do no better than to reprint this extract from Paul Keatings Redfern Speech, December 1997.
… The starting point might be to recognise that the problem starts with us non-Aboriginal Australians.
It begins, I think, with that act of recognition – recognition that it was we who did the dispossessing. We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life.
We brought the diseases. The alcohol.
We committed the murders.
We took the children from their mothers.
We practised discrimination and exclusion.
It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us.
With some noble exceptions, we failed to make the most basic human response and enter into their hearts and minds.
We failed to ask – how would I feel if this were done to me?
As a consequence, we failed to see that what we were doing degraded all of us.
The ABC will be streaming the apology live at 9am. We will be tuned in.
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Posted March 11th, 2007 by Scott
How far behind the US are Australian political parties when it comes to using the Internet for campaigning? Light years it would appear. If there is a major political party in Australia that really “gets” the Internet, I have yet to see them.
Case in point – the NSW State election which is currently underway. You can see that both the major parties have made more of an effort this year to try and use the Internet effectively, but both continue to make major mistakes.
A chance to really connect directly with the electorate has been missed here.
- Points for at least putting some video up there
- The audio starts before I choose to click on the play button, which is generally frowned upon
- The video itself is high production, “talk to camera” pieces that are overdone and unlikely to convince anyone to even watch to the end of the video.
- There is no way to broadcast the videos out via a distributed network
Which videos allow me to see the real Morris, or even allow me to see what others think about him?
- Policy is hidden within PDF documents
Not only does it make it more difficult for search engines to pick up your content, but it makes it more difficult for people to read it. It effectively says, “There are more important things on this site than our policy”.
- Is there a designer in Australia that would put their name to this site?
The site may have started out with a restricted colour palette and an appropriate hierarchy, but in the hurly-burly of electioneering it has been lost for good.
- Bonus points for having a blog at all (good start)
- Extra bonus points for putting the blog content right smack on the home page
- Lost points for the content. The content appears to be just re-wording of media releases.
- Credit for allowing comments, but you lost me when you disassociated yourself from them and put them over on the Daily Telegraph instead.
Domain-squatting and Ordinary Viral
I guess we should take points off Morris and his team for not snapping up the domain name in the first place?
There is so much more that is wrong with political campaigning on the Internet in Australia, and this post was inspired by my utter frustration at how ordinary most of it is. Hell – I don’t even live in NSW!
Want to know how to do it properly? Try www.barackobama.com.
- High quality design that emphasizes the important elements
- Good quality videos that are actually interesting to watch (as opposed to re-hashing TV commercials). Videos of actual supporters talking on the street about their support for Barack.
- A full on social network that allows people to get involved and take part in the conversation
- Comments on the blog
There is no reason we cannot do the same or better in Australia.
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