The OpenAustralia Foundation Internship
12 July, 2013
The OpenAustralia Foundation are looking for political researchers to help with the selection of key policy areas. With each policy you will look at the bills and amendments connected with it to discover how people with different levels of agreement with the policy would have voted.
It almost doesn’t matter what politicians say in Parliament. What truly matters is how they vote. That’s what changes the laws of the land and shapes our country.
The OpenAustralia Foundation want to make it easier for everyone to see how their politicians vote in Parliament, with plain English high level descriptions of their voting behaviour on key issues as well as the ability to drill down and look at the specifics of how they vote. The project also wants to make it easier to pick out interesting and unusual votes where politicians have crossed the floor.
The projects aim is to connect in people’s mind in how they vote at the polling booth with their representative that gets into power, how they vote in parliament and how that shapes the laws of our land.
For more details on the project see the Open Australia Foundation blog http://www.openaustraliafoundation.org.au/2013/07/11/did-i-really-vote-for-that/
To make this all possible, The OpenAustralia Foundation are looking for political researchers to help with the selection of key policy areas. With each policy you will look at the bills and amendments connected with it to discover how people with different levels of agreement with the policy would have voted.
An example from the UK can be found at: http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/policy.php?id=1034
The project hopes to initially complete 1 to 2 policy issues depending on time available before the Federal election. Another 6-12 issues after the election
The successful applicants) will need:
- Be familiar with the parliamentary system of Australia
- Be adept at researching and digging deep as well as a knack of understanding and interpreting complex documents
- A well documented, methodical and impartial working practice
- Ability to work on your own initiative and remotely as The OpenAustralia Foundation does not have a centralised office base
- The applicant(s) need to enjoy taking complex systems, untangling them and explaining in unbiased, plain English what they mean so that anyone can understand.
If you are politically active in any way this does not prevent you from applying for this position! The position will not interfere with your right to political association. However, it’s, important that you work will be balanced, fair and non-partisan. These are politically sensitive roles.
Remuneration: The position pays $25 per hour. Successful applicants will be expected to invoice the Open Australia Foundation monthly for hours worked.
Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you wish to apply for the position and what would make you a successful application for the role. Please email them to email@example.com. CLOSING DATE – 26 JULY 2013
About the OpenAustralia Foundation
The OpenAustralia Foundation is a pioneering charity whose vision is to transform democracy in Australia. Our mission is to give all Australians the tools they need to effect the change they want. We create technologies that encourage and enable people to participate directly in the political process on a local, community and national level.
Through our non-partisan projects we’ve already helped over one million Australians connect with their politicians, communities and governments.