Australian Parliamentary Speech: How Deliberative? How Representative?

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Parliament is the central institution of democracy. Its function is to debate and provide oversight of government policy. Australians are increasingly concerned about how parliament operates. This project tackles this national concern using computer-assisted analysis to evaluate the nature of changes in parliamentary speech from 1901-2022. It will reveal significant new knowledge about the political development of Australias parliament from federation to the present day. It will examine the representativeness and quality of parliamentary debate and how that adapts to changing circumstances. By providing a freely available new data resource on parliamentary speech it unlocks the potential for everyone to examine parliamentary debate. The knowledge generated from this project represents a major social benefit providing a vital evidence base needed for honest assessment about the quality of parliamentary institutions, informing future reformers or reassuring the pu
    Effective start/end date15/12/2314/12/26


    • Australian National University (ANU): A$29,998.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$306,199.00


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