Portal:Australia/Federal politics project
The Australian Federal politics project is a project of Wikinews Australia. Its goal is to produce neutral original reporting on the workings of the federal government, and any events associated with federal politics, including foreign affairs.
The Wikinews community is already creating such articles. For some examples, see:
- Repeal of ministerial control of RU486 bill passes Australian House of Representatives
- RU486 debate complicates with amendments posed in Australian House of Representatives
This project page serves to organise participants and resources to continue this work. Feel free to edit anything, it belongs to the community. Discussion on the talk page.
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Original source material 
Original source material is media releases, speeches, interview transcripts, blogs, interviews conducted by Wikinews contributors, and anything that hasn't been filtered through another news agency. One of the goals of this project is to use original source material whenever possible, and only resort to sourcing another news agency if an original source cannot be found.
Seeking comments directly 
Contributors to this project are encouraged to seek comments and opinions directly by phoning or emailing politicians, activists, etc, and asking them questions. This is what paid reporters spend their time doing, but anyone can do it - everyone is pushing a point-of-view, and they will give that point-of-view to anyone who rings up, because it is in their interest to get it out into the media. Be bold!
Please add your name to this list if you are interested in participating.
- Sarah Ewart (Talk)
- Ché Kristo
- Auroranorth (talk · contribs)
- Allan Noble
Okay, I've signed up. What now? 
Work together. Make use of the resources listed below. If someone creates an article based on a government media release, search the opposition party websites to find different point-of-view on that issue. Ring up your local member and ask them what they think. Search Technorati to find some community opinion. Avoid the mainstream media at all costs.
The purpose of this project is to produce reporting on Australian federal politics that does not use other news agencies as sources. The sources listed below are considered to be original sources - media releases, speeches, interview transcripts. These are the sources that other news agencies use to write articles, so we are cutting out the middle-man.
Please add to this section so resources and contacts that you have may be available to everyone.
Hansard (Transcripts of Parliament) 
Everything said in is recorded and appears on the government website very quickly, usually less than a day. You can write articles based on these transcripts (known as Hansards), and it is considered original reporting.
Prime Minister 
- Prime Minsters media page - speeches, media releases, interviews, etc.
Other government media releases and contact details 
Gotta get the other point-of-view.
- Australian Labor Party media releases
- Australian Greens election media centre
- Australian Democrats media centre
- The Nationals newsroom
- Liberal Party
- Liberal Democratic Party
Opinion polling and statistics 
Community groups 
- Australian Federation of Islamic Councils - press releases
- CARE Australia newsroom
- AID/WATCH media releases
- Australians for a Just Refugee Program - media releases
- Mission Australia - media releases
- Anglican Church of Australia - media releases
- Sports Medicine Australia - media releases
- Australian Museum - media releases
- Tourism Australia - media releases
- ChildWise (Child Protection) - media releases
- Caritas Australia - media releases
- Law Council of Australia - media releases
Sometimes an opinion from an "expert" can provide an interesting point-of-view. Universities usually have an Experts Database containing contact details for academics who are willing to comment to the media on their area of speciality. All you need to do is send them an email telling them who you are, and asking them a question. The worst they could do is ignore you.....
List of articles produced by this project 
- Australian government to introduce electronic Medicare rebates
- Australian immigration amendments may have difficulty passing in the Senate
- Report into whether Australian Big Brother breached online content laws to be handed down today
- Australian government provides $15.8 million for North Adelaide Technical College
- Australian Internet filters "belated": Opposition
- Australian government to provide Internet filters for families
- Australian House of Representatives moves to affirm support for heterosexual marriage
- Four incidents occur at Australian reactor in a week
- Australian Senator to introduce bill for same-sex marriage
- ACT Civil Unions Act invalidated by Governor General
- Australian opposition promises to scrap workplace agreements
- Australian government to review censorship of "hate material"
- Australian unemployment at lowest level in 30 years
- Australian PM announces nuclear taskforce
- Federal and NSW governments withdraw Snowy Hydro shares
- Australian House of Representatives has "no rules": Gillard
- Science minister visits Australia's newest nuclear reactor, receives nuclear power report
- Howard's revival of nuclear debate "surprising": Political expert
- Australian Government under pressure to reveal nuclear sites
- The Australia Institute identifies ideal sites for nuclear power stations
- East Timor descends into further violence: Downer
- Downer welcomes Australian nuclear energy debate
- Australia won't take back spent uranium
- Satellite phone subsidy to be extended in Australia
- Australian Parliament hears reply to Budget
- Australia will help in East Timor if requested: Downer
- Australian government announces $52.5 million financial assistance package for Ford
- States challenge to Australian Work Choices Act begins
- UK PM addresses joint sitting of Australian Parliament
- Australian Senator Bob Brown calls for ban on junk food ads
- Australian Prime Minister visits India
- Australia will not export uranium to India
- Former AWB chairman paid almost $1,000,000 by AusAID
- Thinktank recommends changes to Australian student fees
- Australian government announces study of tax system
- Australian government accused of neglecting regions