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    Copyright Advisory Group of the School Resourcing Taskforce of the Ministerial Council on Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs Wed, 09 Sep 2009 07:19:29 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Copyright Advisory Group Submission DOC (93k)
  • Copyright Advisory Group Submission PDF (86k)
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    New South Wales Young Lawyers Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law Committee Wed, 09 Sep 2009 06:15:50 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • New South Wales Young Lawyers Communications, Entertainment and Technology Law Committee Submission PDF (376k)
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    Matthew Landauer (OpenAustralia Foundation) Wed, 09 Sep 2009 02:07:41 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Matthew Landauer (OpenAustralia Foundation) Submission RTF (50k)
  • lobbying.rb (3k)
  • Submission Text:

    Please find attached my submission to the taskforce which is in plaintext format and is a Ruby program for scraping the web pages of the Federal Lobbyists Register available at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and output the data in a much more useful format where it can easily be loaded into any spreadsheet program for analysis.

    The lobbyists register as presented on the PMC website has a single webpage for every lobbyist. It is therefore straightforward to find out who a particular lobbyist has as clients. However, it is very difficult to find out for a given client who the lobbyist is.

    Why is it that this second type of query, which one might argue is the more useful and interesting one for the general public, is the one that is very difficult to do? Is this transparency?

    Originally, I was intending to attach the resulting data to this submission, but that’s not possible for three reasons

    The website crashed, probably as a result of the very small load that this application put on the server. This should not occur.

    1. I informed the website administrator via their contact form that the website is down, but as it’s the weekend there is nobody available to fix it.
    2. The copyright statement on the website does not allow for republishing without permission. So, I am not allowed to send government data to a government taskforce even though everyone can clearly see the original data.

    The attached Ruby program is also publicly available on the web at

    All the best,


    OpenAustralia Foundation

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    Google Sun, 06 Sep 2009 23:39:53 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Google Submission PDF (255k)
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    Copyright Agency Limited Wed, 02 Sep 2009 02:57:48 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Copyright Agency Limited PDF (532k)
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    Australian Copyright Council Wed, 02 Sep 2009 02:56:28 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Australian Copyright Council Submission PDF (294k)
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    Attorney-General’s Department Wed, 02 Sep 2009 02:09:30 +0000 Taskforce Secretariat
  • Attorney-General’s Department Submission PDF (4.33MB)
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