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Mehreen Faruqi’s Policies



the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersPro-choice

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

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Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorist Citizenship

Should citizens lose their citizenship if they join a terrorist organization in a foreign country?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as the organization is internationally recognized as a terrorist group

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, and we should socialise medicine and healthcare

the Environment  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

Should the government allow the sale of Australian agricultural land and water to foreign buyers?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Aboriginal recognition

Should the constitution recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Sunday Double Wages

Should workers continue to be paid double wages on Sunday?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Australia maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Nurse to Patient Ratios

Should nurse to patient ratios be increased?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the government raise taxes on the rich?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Social  ›  Pill Testing at Music Festivals

Do you support drug testing at live music festivals?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Immigration  ›  Boat Immigrants

Should Australia accept asylum-seeking boat immigrants?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Mining Water Use

If their projects involve water, should coal companies be subject to additional government regulations?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Australia?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Environment  ›  Coal Seam Gas

Should the government allow Coal Seam Gas (CSG) projects in Australia?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Australia accept refugees from Syria?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should Australia conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersFewer

Crime  ›  Adler A110 Ban

Should the government ban the import of the Adler A110 lever-action shotgun?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Australia raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersRaise

the Economy  ›  Turnball Tax Cut

Do you support Malcolm Turnbull’s $50 billion corporate tax cut?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of hospital and healthcare services?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersLess

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Whaling

Should Australia take an aggressive stance against Japanese whalers?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Live Exports

Should the government allow the export of live animals to foreign countries?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

Should political parties be required to run a certain percentage of women candidates?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

the Economy  ›  National Broadband Network

Should the Australian government continue to invest billions of dollars into the development of the National Broadband Network?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, a national high-speed fibre optic network is crucial for the future of Australia's economy

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidise Australian farmers?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations

Education  ›  University Funding

Should universities set their own fees?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Social  ›  Safe Schools

Should the government continue to fund the Safe Schools Coalition?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, private companies should not be able to profit off of healthcare

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should Australia increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersHelp

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Australia be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

Domestic Policy  ›  GP Visits

Should health insurers be allowed to cover GP visits?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Negative Gearing

Should the government ban negative gearing?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, this concession disproportionately benefits the rich

Foreign Policy  ›  U.S. Military Bases

Should Australia allow the U.S. to operate military bases located in Australia.

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the government send in ground troops to fight ISIS?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, we should stay out of this conflict

Domestic Policy  ›  High Speed Rail

Should the federal government invest in the construction of a high speed rail?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Australian flag?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Party’s support baseNo, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crime

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Australia increase or decrease military spending?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersDecrease

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Environment  ›  Uranium

Should the government allow the mining and export of Uranium?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, and lower the cap to 50%

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Australia, have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  Lock Out Laws

Do you support lock out laws?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Australia increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersIncrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Social  ›  Parental Leave

Should parental leave payments increase based on the mother's wage?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, and fund the increased payouts from taxes on high income businesses

the Environment  ›  Nuclear Waste

Do you support building a nuclear waste storage facility in the Northern Territory?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  Rent Tax

Do you support an increase in the mineral resources rent tax?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, close loopholes and increase mining taxes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should Australian citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Hospitals

Should hospitals continue to be funded on fee-for-service model?

  Party influenceNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Egypt

Should Australia back the Egyptian military's crackdown against the muslim brotherhood?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, we should stay out of this

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Public School

Should the federal government turn over school funding to the states?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for Senators?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

the Economy  ›  ABCC

Should the government reinstate the Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)?

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Domestic Policy  ›  Monarchy

Should Australia end the monarchy and become a republic?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Mehreen Faruqi votersYes, if the company promises to create new jobs by hiring local residents