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1996-1997 Issue outlines by Jo McInerney

The issue outlines below may be used as an educational or general research resource. At all times, the author must be acknowledged.

  • Should AFL clubs merge?

  • Should access to legal abortion be made more difficult? -

  • Should voluntary, active euthanasia / medically assisted suicide, as legalised in the Northern Territory, continue to be available?

  • Should Victoria's shops be allowed to trade 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Should judges impose harsher sentences according to current public thinking?

  • Should those with certain views - such as revisionist historian David Irving - be banned from entering Australia?

  • How adequate are the Family Law Act and the operations of the Family Court?

  • Is too much government funding being directed towards Aboriginal Australians?

  • Should immigration to Australia, particularly Asian immigration, be halted or reduced?

  • Hanson and Arena: should Parliamentary privilige be restricted

  • Have Australian governments done sufficient to prevent Aboriginal deaths in custody?

  • Should Australia become a republic as outlined by Debuty leader Tim Fischer?

  • Should private development projects be allowed in national parks, including Victoria's Wilsons Promontory?

  • Should immunisation for children be made compulsory?

  • Should Australians have to pay for racing yacht rescues?

  • Capital punishment: should Ronald Ryan and Jean Lee have been hanged?

  • Work-for-the-dole: should young people receiving unemployment benefits be forced to work?

  • The Wik decision: is the High Court's ruling that native title and pastoral leases can co-exist tenable?

  • Is cloning from adult mammals a desirable development?

  • Should the AFL move from Waverley Park to the new Victoria Stadium to be built at Docklands?

  • Should state governments derive a significant portion of their revenue from gambling taxes?

  • Censorship: should the viewing public have access to violent and sexually explicit material?

  • Food poisoning: Does Australia (and in particular Victoria) have adequate provisions to guard against food contamination?

  • Should persons below the age of 18 be required to get permission to marry?

  • Should koalas be culled?

  • Should corporal punishment (caning, paddling, etc) be allowed in schools?

  • Is Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet suitable for a teenage audience?

  • Should schools be job agencies?

  • Should children be allowed in the Anzac Day march?

  • Are Australia's new gun laws appropriate?

  • Animal cruelty: should wild animals perform in circuses?

  • Should Australian bans on silicone breast implants be lifted?