The Federal Election is coming up fast, and here at Digital Rights Watch we wanted to delve into where each of the major political parties stand on key issues relating to digital rights.

For us, there are four key areas that we looked at:

  • the right to privacy and whether the party supports or rejects mass surveillance programs targeting civilians, including mandatory data retention
  • rolling out of a high quality National Broadband Network to all Australians
  • support for fair use within Australia’s copyright system
  • whether the party supports of opposes Government mandated filtering and/or blocking of internet websites

Digital Rights Watch Election 2016 Scorecard:

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How did we develop this scorecard? We analysed each party’s stance on these issues through a combination of official party policies, prior voting patterns, public statements and consultations.

As with any simplified graphic, we can’t capture every element of the various party’s policies, and we’d encourage you to find out more on their own websites: Liberal, Labor, Greens, LDP, Pirate, Nick Xenophon, Sex Party, AMEP. We welcome any corrections from parties and candidates.

4 thoughts to “Federal election 2016

  • Kirk

    Should probably add the sex party on the list.

  • Mark

    You might want to revisit the Greens stance on fair use. They seem to be backing away from it.

  • Mark Simpson

    Hi Mick. Simmo hete mate ! I live in Cardiff. So i think im in the Lake Macquarie atea ? So i think unknown if i can vote U in ? If i can i will vote GREEN

  • Sly Gryphon

    The Liberal Democrats are completely opposed to data retention and government surveillance; please fix the chart. Also, you are using an old version of their logo.

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