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the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Public statementsNo, the government should never determine what a private business should pay employees

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Party’s support basePro-choice, but ban after the first three months

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsTake the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples


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Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Public statementsYes, 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?

  Public statementsNo, and I believe global warming is a natural occurrence

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes, and the government should regulate the price of all prescription drugs

the Environment  ›  Foreign Land Ownership

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Aboriginal recognition

Should the constitution recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Sunday Double Wages

Should workers continue to be paid double wages on Sunday?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Internet Regulation

Should the government regulate the internet?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Universal Dental Care

Are you in favour of universal dental care?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseYes, test anyone receiving money from the government including employees and politicians

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Australia maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  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?

  Party’s support baseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Public statementsNo, and eliminate all wage standards

Healthcare  ›  Nurse to Patient Ratios

Should nurse to patient ratios be increased?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the government raise taxes on the rich?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

the Environment  ›  Coal Seam Gas

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

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Should the death penalty be reinstated?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Pill Testing at Music Festivals

Do you support drug testing at live music festivals?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Boat Immigrants

Should Australia accept asylum-seeking boat immigrants?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Party’s support baseMore

Crime  ›  Adler A110 Ban

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Australia raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Public statementsLower

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Public statementsMore

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes, and provide more free public transportation

the Economy  ›  Turnball Tax Cut

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Woman Quotas

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Whaling

Should Australia take an aggressive stance against Japanese whalers?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidise Australian farmers?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  National Broadband Network

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

  Public statementsNo, this should be privatised

Social  ›  Safe Schools

Should the government continue to fund the Safe Schools Coalition?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Live Exports

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

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

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 baseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Public statementsIncrease

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe trade unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHurt

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Negative Gearing

Should the government ban negative gearing?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the government send in ground troops to fight ISIS?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  High Speed Rail

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

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Australian flag?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Uranium

Should the government allow the mining and export of Uranium?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  U.S. Military Bases

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Lock Out Laws

Do you support lock out laws?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party’s support baseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Social  ›  Parental Leave

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

  Public statementsNo, there should be no paid parental leave

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Nuclear Waste

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

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Australia increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Public statementsDecrease

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Rent Tax

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Housing Bubble

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Hospitals

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

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Egypt

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Free Trade

Do you support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for Senators?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Public School

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Monarchy

Should Australia end the monarchy and become a republic?

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseYes