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the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Sophie York votersYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Sophie York votersPro-choice, I don’t agree but the government has no right to ban it

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Sophie York votersYes


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Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Sophie York votersYes, but only increase funding for personalised care instead of subsidising pharmaceutical companies

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorist Citizenship

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

  Sophie York votersYes, 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?

  Sophie York votersYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Sophie York votersYes

the Environment  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

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

  Sophie York 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?

  Sophie York votersYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Party influenceNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Aboriginal recognition

Should the constitution recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Sunday Double Wages

Should workers continue to be paid double wages on Sunday?

  Sophie York votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Sophie York votersNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Sophie York votersYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Sophie York votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Sophie York votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Australia maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Sophie York votersYes, but scale back our current involvement

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Sophie York votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Nurse to Patient Ratios

Should nurse to patient ratios be increased?

  Sophie York votersYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Sophie York votersNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Sophie York votersNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the government raise taxes on the rich?

  Sophie York votersLower the income tax rate and remove all existing tax loopholes for large corporations

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Sophie York votersNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Sophie York 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?

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  Pill Testing at Music Festivals

Do you support drug testing at live music festivals?

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Immigration  ›  Boat Immigrants

Should Australia accept asylum-seeking boat immigrants?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Mining Water Use

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

  Party influenceNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Sophie York votersNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

the Environment  ›  Coal Seam Gas

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

  Sophie York votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Australia accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Sophie York votersNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Sophie York votersMore

Crime  ›  Adler A110 Ban

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Australia raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Sophie York votersRaise

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Turnball Tax Cut

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

  Sophie York votersNo, not until we reduce our national debt

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Sophie York votersLess, and provide more government funding

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Sophie York votersYes, and provide more free public transportation

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Sophie York votersYes, but only for medical use

Foreign Policy  ›  Whaling

Should Australia take an aggressive stance against Japanese whalers?

  Sophie York votersYes, and take an active stance to stop whaling all over the world

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Sophie York votersYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party influenceNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Live Exports

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

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  National Broadband Network

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

  Party influenceNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidise Australian farmers?

  Sophie York votersYes

Education  ›  University Funding

Should universities set their own fees?

  Sophie York votersNo, and univerisity education should be free for all citizens

Social  ›  Safe Schools

Should the government continue to fund the Safe Schools Coalition?

  Sophie York votersYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Sophie York votersNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Sophie York votersYes, but allow people to use private insurance

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party influenceYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Party influenceDecrease

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party influenceHurt

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Sophie York votersYes, but require the labelling of foods that are genetically modified

the Economy  ›  Negative Gearing

Should the government ban negative gearing?

  Sophie York votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  GP Visits

Should health insurers be allowed to cover GP visits?

  Sophie York votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  U.S. Military Bases

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the government send in ground troops to fight ISIS?

  Sophie York votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  High Speed Rail

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Sophie York votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Australian flag?

  Sophie York votersYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Sophie York votersNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Sophie York votersNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party influenceNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Australia increase or decrease military spending?

  Sophie York votersIncrease, but only after our deficit is drastically reduced

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Uranium

Should the government allow the mining and export of Uranium?

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Sophie York votersNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Sophie York votersNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Sophie York votersYes

Social  ›  Lock Out Laws

Do you support lock out laws?

  Sophie York votersNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Sophie York votersNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Australia increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Sophie York votersYes, except for felons convicted of murder or violent crimes

Social  ›  Parental Leave

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

  Sophie York votersYes

the Environment  ›  Nuclear Waste

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

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Sophie York votersNo, this will hurt our manufacturing businesses that rely on importing cheap resources to make their products

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Rent Tax

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

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Housing Bubble

Should the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raise interest rates to prevent a housing bubble?

  Sophie York votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Hospitals

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Egypt

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Free Trade

Do you support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement?

  Party influenceYes

Education  ›  Public School

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

  Sophie York votersNo

the Economy  ›  ABCC

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

  Sophie York votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for Senators?

  Sophie York votersYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Sophie York votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Domestic Policy  ›  Monarchy

Should Australia end the monarchy and become a republic?

  Sophie York votersNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Sophie York votersYes, if the company promises to create new jobs by hiring local residents