Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission commenced public hearings 11 May 2009, in Melbourne. The Commission is streaming video and audio of the hearings via the Internet (but no online archive of the video), with written transcripts to be available later. The commission has an online "Make a Submission" form. Practice Notes for those appearing are also available.

The transcript of Monday, 20 April 2009 is available. This is a 226kbyte PDF document. For 57 pages of double spaced A4 text, this is a very compact file. The commission staff seem to have gone to some trouble to make sure the documents are easy to download.

The commission web home page passed an automated accessibility test at levels 1 and 2 (TAW). There was only one Priority 3 problem:
Missing lang attribute: The primary language of this document has not been set (1)
  • Line 5: <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
The page also scored a reasonable 73/100 on the W3C mobileOK Checker.

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