This is a great idea…Hopefully this will be a feature US Google feature at some point in the future.

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Google Australia has unveiled what it describes as the world’s most powerful dedicated election website, capable of exposing inconsistencies in the public pronouncements of political leaders.

Prime Minister John Howard, who has announced policies online for the first time in the lead-up to the election, said politicians were now taking the Internet seriously.

“I recognise that this medium is not some sort of gimmick but can provide an uninterrupted, direct and open channel between decision-makers and voters,” Mr Howard said in a video presentation at the site’s launch. His conservative government has targeted Internet users as it seeks to reverse poor opinion polls and win a fifth term in office.

Google’s Australian-developed election site includes a feature called “On the Record”, where users can type in a politician’s name, along with an issue of their choosing. It then scours parliamentary transcripts and the politician’s personal website to find any statements on the issue, allowing voters to check whether their representatives are being consistent. It also gives voters electoral information through a range of online tools including YouTube, GoogleEarth and GoogleMaps. Google said it was the first time so many features had been available on a single election website.

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