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The website mypolitician.com.au shows what politicians are up to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online.
The website mypolitician.com.au shows what politicians are up to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online.

WHEN you watch a live broadcast of the Australian House of Representatives and many members seem somewhat bored, it turns out they are actually checking their Facebook.

As cries of "hear hear" echo through the house, politicians aren't agreeing with the speaker but cringing at the responses to their recent Twitter.

According to election website mypolitician.com.au, 113 members use Facebook and 98 members use Twitter.

Politicians are being exposed for using Twitter to present anything but their political views with Greens Senator Christine Milne tweeting on Tuesday: "no Botox here! Paying tribute to makeup artists though."

In the Face to Face section one pair off continues to remain interesting, as it seems the only thing Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd can agree on is sending congratulatory messages on the new royal baby.

With Kevin a seemingly more strategic social media user highlighting new reforms, Tony is a true sharer, even tweeting his joy at the crab sandwiches from Miriam Vale's The Big Crab.

Initially started four weeks before the last federal election, mypolitician is the creation of Darryl King of Ireckon in an effort to educate voters using more than "sandwich board politics".

Darryl said considering the short notice of the last election, the original site was a fairly basic version.

"We released the new version on June 4 and have been adding new features since," he said.

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