Data about the bills discussed within national parliament as well as votings on bills (not to mix with passed national law). Data on bills must be available for the current legislation period. Open data on the law-making process is crucial for parliamentary transparency: What does a bill text say and how does it change over time? Who introduces a bill? Who votes for and against it? Where is a bill discussed next, so the public can participate in debates? This data category draws on work by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Declaration of Parliamentary Openness.
The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2
|Downloadable at once||No||[Original submitter comment]The Bill and it's votes and transcripts are not available for a single download, although they are collated online. Collated lists of current Bills are available in PDF and DOC format|
|Up-to-date||Yes||[Original submitter comment]Data is usually updated on the day of debate|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open and machine-readable format||HTML, XML||[Original submitter comment]The Bill text is available as .PDF, DOC and HTML, - the votes and transcripts are available as XML as well as PDF, DOC and HTML|
|findable_steps||google search for draft legislation|
|licence_url||http://www.aph.gov.au/Help/Disclaimer_Privacy_Copyright||[Original submitter comment]With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and where otherwise noted, all material presented on the website is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia licence.|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|collector_name||Department of the House of Representatives, Department of the Senate|
|characteristics||Content of bill, Author of bill, Votes on bill per member of parliament, Transcripts of debates on bill, Status of bill||All required characteristics are present. Votes on bills is the only item that needs to be searched separately on a different page (search by date it was debated).|
|location||http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legi - Bills legislation homepage, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_do - Chamber documents - live updated with Bill and Votes/Proceedings|
[Original submitter comment]On a bill page (ie http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5735), the text (initial and as passed) is available under "Text of Bill", along with Explanatory Memoranda and a Bills Digest (if applicable). The link to Transcript of speeches refers you to the specific Hansard segments discussing the Bill, along with any Votes and Proceedings (where recorded). [Reviewer Comments] As a reviewer I made no changes to the submission. I could verify that all answers are accurate and the dataset contains all required characteristics.
This submission should be accepted because the data set contains all the required characteristics.