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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 voterbaseYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Sophie York voterbasePro-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 voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes


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the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, 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 voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Aboriginal recognition

Should the constitution recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Sunday Double Wages

Should workers continue to be paid double wages on Sunday?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Party influenceNo

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

Healthcare  ›  Nurse to Patient Ratios

Should nurse to patient ratios be increased?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the government raise taxes on the rich?

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

the Environment  ›  Coal Seam Gas

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo, we should provide more funding for renewable energy 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 voterbaseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

  Party influenceNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Pill Testing at Music Festivals

Do you support drug testing at live music festivals?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

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 voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Mining Water Use

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Boat Immigrants

Should Australia accept asylum-seeking boat immigrants?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

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

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 voterbaseNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Sophie York voterbaseMore

Crime  ›  Adler A110 Ban

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Australia raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Party influenceLower

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Australia accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Sophie York voterbaseLess, and provide more government funding

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

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

the Economy  ›  Turnball Tax Cut

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo, not until we reduce our national debt

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, and provide more free public transportation

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, but only for medical use

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party influenceNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Whaling

Should Australia take an aggressive stance against Japanese whalers?

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

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

Social  ›  Safe Schools

Should the government continue to fund the Safe Schools Coalition?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Education  ›  University Funding

Should universities set their own fees?

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Live Exports

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

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

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Party influenceDecrease

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

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party influenceHurt

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

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

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, unless they have committed a crime

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

Domestic Policy  ›  GP Visits

Should health insurers be allowed to cover GP visits?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the government send in ground troops to fight ISIS?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Australian flag?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  High Speed Rail

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Uranium

Should the government allow the mining and export of Uranium?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party influenceNo

Foreign Policy  ›  U.S. Military Bases

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

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

Social  ›  Parental Leave

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

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

Social  ›  Lock Out Laws

Do you support lock out laws?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

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

the Environment  ›  Nuclear Waste

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Australia increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Hospitals

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Free Trade

Do you support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement?

  Party influenceYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for Senators?

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Education  ›  Public School

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

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  ABCC

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

  Sophie York voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Monarchy

Should Australia end the monarchy and become a republic?

  Sophie York voterbaseNo

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseYes