Website design and evaluation firm Hiser have bought into the election campaign with an unintentionally hilarious media release – or one they are playing it straight with, anyway.

They’ve evaluated “the usefulness and usability of the major political parties’ websites – predominantly to assess their potential to help undecided voters gain information and insights.”

Even that task might be putting the horse in front of the cart, though. Hiser finds:

The Liberals’ site was largely inaccessible on a dial-up connection – a regional citizen gave up after 5 minutes of waiting for the images to download.

The Nationals’ site also had poor accessibility – which is particularly targeted at regional and rural citizens.

These poor people couldn’t read about how wonderful broadband is under the Coalition.