This new website usesa range of materials – including photographs, texts of speeches, transcripts of debates and political ads – to allow visitors to see (and assess) how Australian political actors communicate.
Election campaigns are usually focused on the short-term – the hectic three to six weeks of the formal election campaign. This website instead allows visitors to see elections as a continuum; to look back over time to see what the parties and their leaders have said (and promised) in the past. The website includes material dating back over a hundred years so that visitors can recall recent campaigns or compare current events with historical ones.
The Soapbox archive is a work in progress. Video, audio and other materials will be added as they become available.