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Australian Political Quiz

Welcome to the Australian political quiz - 10 questions that will help you determine your political philosophy and where you stand compared with Australian political parties.

Your political philosophy will be determined using a 2 dimensional grid. One dimension will assess your economic views, ranging from a belief in free markets and capitalism to command economies and socialism. The second dimension will assess your social views, ranging from a belief in conservative nationalistic values to belief in greater civil liberties and social freedoms.

Your views will then be plotted on the below grid:


Questions

Economic Questions

1) What percentage of GDP do you think the government should control through taxing and spending? Estimates of the current size of government range from between 35 and 45 percent of GDP.

Less than 5 percent
Between 5 and 25 percent
Between 25 and 50 percent
Between 50 and 75 percent
Over 75 percent


2) How involved should the government be in running businesses? Should Australian industries be nationalised or should government business be privatised?

All government business should be privatised
Some more government businesses should be privatised
The status quo is about right, with maybe slight changes in either direction
Important industries should be nationalised, maybe including banks, telecommunications, etc
Most industries should be nationalised


3) How much should the government regulate, control and restrict free trade and free movement of capital and investment between nations?

We should have immediate unilateral free trade and capital flows
We should continue reform towards free trade and capital flows in the near future
We should maintain the current level of protection
There should be a slight increase in our levels of protection
We should significantly increase protection and oppose free trade and globalisation


4) What should be the government’s role in human capital and education? Should they be involved and if so, how much responsibility should remain with individuals?

All education should be private, there should be no government involvement
Education should be largely private, with limited government involvement (maybe including a voucher scheme)
Government should maintain the current ownership, funding and control, and allow some private education
Government should increase education spending, and focus more on public schools
Private education should be abolished and public education comprehensive, free and compulsory


5) How much should the government regulate the labour market? Should the government be involved and if so, how much responsibility should remain with individuals?

Abolish minimum wage and all labour market regulations
Relax labour market regulations, potentially including a freeze on the minimum wage
Maintain current labour market regulations, with regular standard increases in the minimum wage
Increase labour market regulations and controls and increase the power of trade unions
Remove individual bargaining and employer control of wages, significantly increase minimum wage


Social Questions

1) What should the governments role be with relations to recreational drug use?

There should be no laws with regards to recreational drug use
Legalise marijuana, allow regulated injecting rooms
Decriminalise marijuana, allow limited drug trials, discourage alcohol and/or tobacco
All drugs illegal, ocus police resources on non-possession drug offences, discourage alcohol and/or tobacco
Zero tolerance on drugs, enforce extreme penalties for all drug crimes, and strongly discourage alcohol and/or tobacco


2) What should the governments role be with regards to issues of sex such as prostitution, pornography, sexual orientation etc?

There should be no laws with regards to issues relating to sex
Pornography, prostitution and sexual choice should be allowed and slightly regulated
Some pornography, prostitution and sexual choice should be allowed, but slightly discouraged
Some pornography and sexual choice should be allowed, but discouraged
There should be strict laws banning prostitution and pornography and controlling sexual choice


3) What should the governments role be with regards to issues of life such as abortion and assisted suicide?

There should be no laws with regards to abortion and assisted suicide
Abortion and assisted suicide should be allowed, some regulation maintained
Abortion and assisted suicide should be allowed in extreme circumstances only and should be subject to strict regulation
Only one of the above should be allowed and only in extreme circumstances
There should be strict laws against all abortion and assisted suicide


4) What should be the government’s attitude towards war? How big should our defence force be and how expansionistic and externally focused should it be?

The defence force should be reduced by 50 percent with no external focus
Slightly decrease defence spending and shy away from external engagements
Maintain our historical level of defence readiness, with some international cooperation
Increase defence spending and increase our willingness for foreign engagements
Defence spending should be increased by 50 percent, with a strong external focus and readiness for war

5) What should the government’s role be with regards to the movement of people into our country? How many people should be allowed to enter?

There should be no restriction on the free movement of people
Accept more immigrants and have only minimal regulations (e.g. security, health) - over 120,000/year
Maintain current level of immigration with potentially some change in administration - around 100,000/year
Decrease the level of immigration and have stricter requirements - under 80,000/year
We should have zero net immigration