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ASPG Conference August 2010 Social media & perceptions of parliament: A case study from the NSW Legislative Council.

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1 ASPG Conference August 2010 Social media & perceptions of parliament: A case study from the NSW Legislative Council

2 What is social media? A “two-way street” which allows people to shift “fluidly and flexibly between the role of audience and author.”

3 Why use social media? “Most [people] are not that interested in engaging and participating in the political process … they prefer options which demand little by way of sustained time and commitment.”

4 Advertising the survey

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7 Static vs ‘live’ consultation Privilege issues Vulnerable participants Parliament’s reputation

8 Privilege issues “If information provided online is to be protected by parliamentary privilege – a controlled environment is essential.”

9 Protecting participants

10 Risks of ‘live’ consultations “Principal Smith at Sunshine Fields High is a bully.” “If you need to contact me my mobile is ” “My name is Mary Brown and I’m being bullied, I can’t see any way out.”

11 Parliament’s reputation?

12 It would be good if the parliment of nsw made this known To Canberra so they can send out this survey to all schools in australia and including Tafe's. Advertising on facebook is the best desicion. i never would of found out about this if you hadnt. i'm really glad that the parliament is doing something about it [bullying] I think using the internet to get people to take part in surveys is an excellent way toget in touch with society. On the internet it's easily accessible and can be done at each individuals own pace. Congratulations for moving with technology.

13 Parliaments and social media Who does what? Parliament's use of social media Privilege online – how interactive can parliaments get? Protecting parliament's reputation A future ASPG conference?


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