In 2007, a week or so after Kevin Rudd became PM, I took a look at a bunch of online reference works, some free, some corporate, to see how many had updated their articles on Australia.
The score was 2/5 getting it right, with Wikipedia and Britannica having been updated, and Citizendium, Encyclopedia.com and CIA World Fact Book having not been.
It’s been a week since Julia Gillard became PM. How do they stack up this time?
- CIA World Factbook — head of government: Prime Minister Kevin RUDD (since 3 December 2007); Deputy Prime Minister Julia GILLARD (since 3 December 2007)
- Citizendium — Australia’s head of government is Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).
- Wikipedia — Following a partyroom leadership challenge, Julia Gillard became the first female Prime Minister in June 2010.
- Britannica — You have to scroll down a long way to find the Prime Ministers list, but: Julia Gillard 2010-
- Encyclopedia.com — The default result is from the Columbia Encyclopedia, 2008, and it’s not clear if it’s been edited since then. Parliamentary elections in Nov., 2007, brought the Labor party into office; party leader Kevin Rudd , a former diplomat, became prime minister.
So a better result this time around, with 3/5 correct, and
Britannica Citizendium coming into the fold of having updated their information relatively quickly.
And as always, rather than relying solely on any of these, one should always seek a secondary source for important information.