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History lessons

Should there be compulsory teaching of Australian history in years 9 and 10?

Yes - 51%

No - 49%

Total Votes: 1697

Previous Poll Results

Disclaimer: These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate. Reasonable efforts have been made to make the voting process secure.

Terrorism and execution : Should Australia oppose the death penalty for terrorists overseas?

No. If it is in another country it is not our concern - 12%
Yes. This is a matter of universal human rights - 70%
No. We will lose if we go soft on terrorists who kill - 14%
Yes. It will help the plight of Aussies on foreign death rows - 4%
Total Votes: 4375  Poll date: 08/10/07


Tasmanian pulp mill : Do you agree with Turnbull's decision to approve it with conditions?

Yes. There are strict controls to protect the environment - 17%
No. I don't believe the safeguards will work - 83%
Total Votes: 7052  Poll date: 04/10/07


Six per cent bus fare increase : Is the proposed fare hike fair?

No. People should be encouraged not discouraged from taking public transport - 79%
Yes. Fuel prices are going up and so are salaries for drivers - 21%
Total Votes: 1206  Poll date: 03/10/07


Abbott's hospital plan : Rate Abbott's call for local hospital boards

Excellent. More accountability at a local level will mean better hospitals - 18%
Won't work. It will just mean more bureaucrats - 14%
Hospitals need more money and resources not boards - 53%
The states and Canberra should stop fighting over health - 15%
Total Votes: 2005  Poll date: 02/10/07


The way to a woman's heart... : Is Jamie Oliver irresistible?

Yes - 38%
No - 62%
Total Votes: 210  Poll date: 24/09/07


Cost of water : Should we pay more for water?

Yes. We need to pay for the desalination plant - 7%
No. Better conservation can be achieved without extra cost - 38%
Yes. The more it costs the more carefully we will use it - 35%
No. It's just one more slug that working families can't afford - 21%
Total Votes: 445  Poll date: 17/09/07


New rail plan : Rate the Iemma Government's new rail proposal

Go back to the original 2nd bridge link and CBD line plan - 12%
Good idea. More commuters will benefit - 38%
Bad for the North Shore - 3%
Good for the West - 6%
It won't solve the overall problem. We need a bigger solution - 41%
Total Votes: 3026  Poll date: 13/09/07


Howard's future : Should John Howard quit?

No. He's still an effective leader and should lead the government through the election - 20%
Yes. He's long past his use-by date - 56%
No. The sniping behind his back in his own party should stop - 6%
Yes. The Liberals need a new look and a new direction - 18%
Total Votes: 7312  Poll date: 11/09/07


Peter Beattie resigns : Rate Beattie as premier

Excellent - 41%
Good - 35%
Average - 9%
Below average - 5%
Terrible - 10%
Total Votes: 2450  Poll date: 10/09/07


APEC security : Was such tight security really necessary?

No. It was inconvenient and costly overkill - 29%
Yes. Better safe than sorry - 8%
No. The police went overboard and eroded our rights - 55%
Yes. A big global event needs protection - 7%
Total Votes: 3705  Poll date: 09/09/07


Chaser APEC stunt : Rate the stunt

Funny - 87%
Not funny - 13%
Total Votes: 28451  Poll date: 06/09/07


APEC security fence : Rate the fence

Necessary - 19%
Tolerable - 9%
Inconvenient - 8%
Over the top - 64%
Total Votes: 4560  Poll date: 03/09/07


Bush and the Australian-US alliance : Is George W Bush hurting our relations with America and Americans?

Yes. His style of presidency and foreign policy are wrong - 73%
No. Our relations remain strong - 2%
Yes. Things will be better when he leaves the White House - 19%
No. We get on well with Americans no matter who is president - 6%
Total Votes: 452  Poll date: 30/08/07


Home affordibility and taxes : Should first-home buyers get a mortgage tax break?

Yes. They need all the help they can get - 38%
No. It won't solve the problem of affordability - 62%
Total Votes: 39  Poll date: 22/08/07
Related:  Tax break proposed to help first home buyers 


Kevin Andrews and Mohamed Haneef : Is the Immigration Minister right not to renew Dr Haneef's cancelled visa?

Yes, if there are real security reasons - 17%
No. The legal system has dealt with this and the doctor should be allowed to return - 60%
Who knows? We're not being told everything - 24%
Total Votes: 4273  Poll date: 30/07/07


Are you ready for the "worst"? : Rate the Lord Mayor's Go Bag emergency plan

A waste of money - 33%
Scare mongering - 42%
We should be ready for the unexpected - 24%
Total Votes: 1489  Poll date: 16/07/07


Climate change swindle documentary : Where do you stand?

Believed the doco - 22%
Did not believe the doco - 57%
Still not convinced - 20%
Total Votes: 8459  Poll date: 13/07/07


Hi-tech gadgets and you : Do they make you happy?

Yes - 26%
A little - 28%
Not much - 19%
No - 27%
Total Votes: 278  Poll date: 05/07/07


Video games : Are they addictive?

Yes - 56%
No - 30%
Probably - 15%
Total Votes: 792  Poll date: 28/06/07


Howard's intervention in Aboriginal child abuse : Was the PM right to take such tough measures in the Northern Territory?

Yes. It's a huge and tragic problem that needs decisive action - 58%
No. Aboriginal rights could be set back decades - 42%
Total Votes: 7935  Poll date: 21/06/07


The price of power : Should electricity prices go up?

Yes. It's to be expected - 16%
No. The government should help not slug ordinary people - 46%
Yes. Higher prices will help people conserve and that's good for the environment - 38%
Total Votes: 535  Poll date: 14/06/07


Desirable professions : Who is the most appealing to date?

Carpenter - 13%
Tiler - 2%
Painter - 2%
Builder - 9%
Plumber - 4%
Banker - 13%
Doctor - 22%
Lawyer - 15%
Accountant - 12%
Psychiatrist - 9%
Total Votes: 2170  Poll date: 12/06/07


Flying and greenhouse gases : Would you curtail your flying plans to help save the environment?

No. There is no other practical way for Australians to travel long distances - 15%
Yes. If it is harming the planet we have to change our ways - 85%
Total Votes: 93  Poll date: 07/06/07


Climate change taskforce : Rate the report

Good. It strikes a balance between environmental fears and the economy - 14%
Bad. We need action now. Not vague targets well into the future - 86%
Total Votes: 1127  Poll date: 01/06/07