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Australia's Election Map Redrawn

John Howard and Kevin Rudd playing paper rock scissors
The Official Google Blog today announces some changes to the Australian Election Google Map. Google says that it has been updated so that "for all 150 House of Representatives seats, you can click on any candidate's name to see all their Google search results, or their YouTube channel. And with one click, you can now find an incredible array of information from across the Internet -- news stories, videos, personal websites, party websites, blogs, and all the rest -- about all 1,054 candidates for all 150 seats."

What Google don't tell you is that there are a number of 'Easter eggs' hidden on the map. John Howard and Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister and his opponent can be found playing around at various locations on the map. Here are instructions to find two of the Easter eggs:

Parliament

Enter “Parliament” in the “My postcode or address:” box in the left column, and switch to satellite mode (button at top right of map). Zoom in to the second highest zoom level.

Beach

Enter “Queen Elizabeth Drive Bondi Beach” in the “My postcode or address:” box in the left column, and switch to satellite mode (button at top right of map). Zoom in to the second highest zoom level.

In the small box to the bottom right of the map, double click just below the “b” of “Elizabeth” - if you don’t see Johny and Kev, try scrolling a little further down and right.

Ben Balbo has some clues as to where you can find the other 'Easter eggs'.
Official Google Blog: Australia's election map redrawn