Election time

Tomorrow, we have a Federal election in Australia, and it’s looking like there will be a change of government. The public mood indicates a desire for change and if we get one, I think it will be for the better. That said, there’s so little difference these days with the main notional Left and notional Right parties it’s really like picking between two remarkably similar shades of grey – #cccccc and #dddddd.

Since my early teens I’ve been heavily invested politically – my Dad and godfather have more than a little to answer for there. And now as a small business owner, I have another set of interests to look after.

Overall, I’m most disappointed in both major parties’ lack of real forward thinking on communications and broadband policy (Labor, Liberal… well, yes). We’re well down all the lists the OECD provides – whether it’s speed, penetration, pricing or availability per capita.

As for Labor’s ridiculous announcement about forcing ISPs to provide a “clean feed”, perpetuating the nonsense argument that the nasties can be filtered from the ‘Net, that’ll be interesting to see…

Equally, neither major party seems to have the faintest clue about the notion of Government 2.0, defined nicely by Guardian Online thus:

Imagine Government 2.0. Wisdom no longer flows from officialdom to the population, but is co-created with citizens. Civil servants contribute openly to Facebook groups on controversies of the day. Government websites have wiki areas where people can exchange tips about filing tax returns or claiming benefits. Databases of restaurant inspections, tide tables and postcodes are available for all to see and re-use in mashups of geography, time or events. Before launching a new online public service, the government checks to see whether a user community is already doing it better. In short, government learns to let go of the web.

Australian politicians are obviously not reading Tara’s presentations or watching what GovIS and the NPSC in New Zealand are up to. Frankly, that Australia is so behind the 8-ball in this space is horrifying.

There you go. That’s my AU$0.02 on the election. No vote for the Libs, no direct vote for Labor, either.

[This post is part of the Evil Election Eve Blog Carnival]

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