20 October 2005 : Window into the parliaments


Letter to 808 Australian parliamentarians

Dear Parliamentarian,

Parliamentarians from all parliaments in Australia are invited to join the vote in the lawmakers' DOME of Conscience. Every parliamentarian with a published email address has been registered to vote, that is 808 federal and state parliamentarians. Only parliamentarians can vote, not candidates or the public. However all can see.

In this voting chamber all parliamentarians have equal control over the voting agenda and all can speak at the same time. Voting is transparent so everyone can see exactly how each person votes and who does not vote. It also produces a live integrated representative voice of all participating parliamentarians and this is the first thing you see as you enter the forum. With a single click you can also see the voice of each parliament, each party and the separate voices of the upper and lower houses.

How the DOME works

The DOME uses the free speech polling technology invented by BigPulse.com. Any parliamentarian can float a new opinion at any time by clicking the "Submit New Opinion" button. Opinions are expressed as concise single line statements called "placards". All opinion placards compete continuously for votes from lawmakers and are ranked live for all to see. Repeat voting is encouraged and never causes vote stacking as the system counts the last vote only for each forum member.

Click any opinion to see the names of all people who voted for it. Click the names to see all opinions voted for by people the last time they voted. Click the "Who's Voting" link to see a complete list of who has voted and who has not voted.

On the far right of each opinion placard see a dedicated debating forum where you can post comments and speeches.

Vote now

Click here to vote. Notice you are signed in automatically with your assigned sign-in name and password. Use the searcher to find suitable opinions to vote for. The 95 opinions currently listed were taken from the older DOME which has mainly candidates voting. But don't be concerned. Remember here you control the voting agenda -- just click the "Submit New Opinion" button.

Select up to ten opinions and then click "Submit Vote". The first time you vote you will be prompted for any missing data. You can make any corrections to your name at this time and if you wish change your email address, sign-in name or password. At the moment your electorate does not show, this will be added shortly.

It's the DOMEocracy Of Mass Enlightenment!

Ralph McKay
Founder - DOME of Conscience