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Government issues audio description trial correction


The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has issued a statement correcting a misprint in the final report of the Media Access Review relating to the proposed audio description trial on the ABC.

The original report stated that the 13-week trial proposed for the second half of 2011 would involve the broadcast of 14 hours of programs with audio description per day. The statement explains that this this was a misprint, and should have been “14 hours per week”.

A copy of the corrected report is available on the DBCDE website.

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iVote to enable blind and vision impaired people to cast secret vote online


The NSW Electoral Commission will use an online and telephone system in the upcoming state election called iVote for people who are blind or vision impaired, are disabled and cannot vote at a polling place without assistance, or who will be out of NSW on polling day.

Passed in Parliament in November 2010, the iVote website has been designed to be accessible to people who are blind and vision impaired, allowing them to independently cast a secret vote. The accessibility features of the iVote website include ARIA landmarks, clearly labelled form elements, easy page navigation and meaningful links.

Voters are eligible to use iVote if:

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