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29 FEBRUARY 2000  

Politics Moves into Cyberspace

It was a meeting with a difference when Federal Labor Member for Lyons Dick Adams hosted Shadow Minister for Information Technology Senator Kate Lundy in his sprawling rural electorate yesterday.

Mr Adams and Senator Lundy visited Bracknell On Line Access Centre where they met with staff and patrons, including Centre Co-ordinator Ian Smith. Senator Lundy then participated in an ‘on line’ conference involving the Exeter On Line Access Centre and other participants from within Lyons.

Mr Adams said that on line conferences were a means of overcoming time and distance constraints.

"Today was a bit of a trial of what we would like to do more of in the future.

"I can see the day when I will be having face to face meetings with my constituents over the internet, thereby eliminating the need for them to travel sometimes long distances to my office."

Mr Adams said that despite technology limitations in the number of people who were able to participate in the ‘cyber meeting’, it still demonstrated the potential of the ‘net’ to involve people in the political process.

"It doesn’t matter how isolated a community is, if its got access to the internet its got access to a world full of information and communication possibilities."

A transcript of the Net Meeting can be found at Lyons Net Meeting