Originally posted Thursday, 24 August, 2006Active political blogs in Queensland
There seem to be few political candidates that utilize blogs as a part of their campaign. The only one I have found so far is the National's candidate in Toowoomba
None of the political parties utilize blogs in their campaign. Queensland Greens proclaim that they do on their website. I however believe that the Greens definition of what is a blog can be discussed.
I also found one state senator that mentioned the election in his blog
Two other senators worth mentioning that operate a personal blog is
Federal MP Malcom Turnbull also have a blog on his website.
Based on a search for “Queensland state election” + Beattie + campaign, “Queensland coalition” + Lawrence Springborg and Queensland Labour, Queensland Liberals, Queensland Nationals and Queensland Greens in Technorati, Gnoos and Google`s blog directory on day one and two of the campaign i found that these blogs where debating the state election:
Also following the campaing:
I also believe there are some other interesting political blogs based in Australia that are worth mentioning. It will be interesting to see whether these will be commenting the election or not. Most of these blogs was recomended by The Domain as Auastralias best political blogs others I have been recomended from experienced political bloggers such as Graham Young, Mark Bahnisch and Paull Young.
The Only political activist blogs that I have found so far that is communicating with blog in the election is:
Other political activist organisations worth mentioning in Australia utilizing blog in their campaigns is
Update (28.082006) This is what Wkipedia says about Australian political blogs: Political blogs in AustraliaThese do not have the same notoriety as blogs in the United States for "breaking stories" or potentially ruining the reputations of politicians or journalists. They have also not attracted the same mainstream media attention which comes along with those activities.
There are five Australian political blogs which are predominantly psephological in focus; ABC Elections, Mumble, Oz Politics, Poll Bludger and Psephos. Most of the other blogs are single writers efforts which focus on political commentary from a consistent political view point.
I have found another Australian MP with his own blog: Peter Lewis
You can read what the maker of the blog Adam Lyttle have to say about the blog.
Update: Adam Lyttle told me in a mail (28.08.2006) that he also have developed a blog for Michael Harbison.
Lyttle also reveals that: And I am currently working on another blog, but cannot disclose any information until it has been released. - Which is understandable.
This however might show that there is a growing interest for blogs amongst politicians in Australia. It is certainly not big compared to the US, but at least it is there.
Senator Steve Fielding has a video blog on his personal website.