Street poll: Anna Bligh or Campbell Newman?

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman announced this week he will move to state politics, challenging Labor minister Kate Jones for the seat of Ashgrove. As leader of the Liberal National Party he will be campaigning to replace Anna Bligh as premier of Queensland. We asked people in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens whether they preferred […]


Street poll: Has Campbell Newman abandoned Brisbane?

The Labor Party has accused Campbell Newman of abandoning Brisbane in pursuit of his political career. Mr Newman is quitting his role as Brisbane lord mayor to run for election to the Queensland parliament as alternative premier to Anna Bligh. We went to the City Botanic Gardens to ask people what they thought. Camera and […]


Street poll: Is Julian Assange a hero or a villain?

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks, a website that provides an anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to journalists. After Wikileaks’ release of 250,000 US diplomatic cables late last year, including much controversial and embarrassing information on American diplomatic opinions of other countries’ leaders, former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah […]


Street poll: Should we still be in Afghanistan?

Australian troops went into Afghanistan as part of the United States-led response to the 9/11 attacks. Ten years have passed. We asked people in Brisbane if Australian troops should still be there.


Street poll: Should the West intervene in Libya?

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has gained international attention as he uses government forces against rebelling Libyan citizens. The United Nations Security Council has enforced a no-fly zone, with Britain and the United States firing cruise missiles at Libyan air defences over the weekend. Today we asked the people of Brisbane if they believe Western forces […]


Street poll: Should Campbell Newman go into state politics?

It’s been revealed that moves have been made within the Liberal National Party to bring Lord Mayor Campbell Newman into State Parliament to replace John-Paul Langbroek as Opposition leader before the next election. We asked people in Brisbane what they thought.


Street poll: How do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Brisbane was a sea of green on Thursday as people surged into Irish bars to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. We asked revellers how they would celebrate the day, and what they knew about the Fourth Century saint.


Street poll: How do we stop bullying?

Bullying has again become a topic of discussion after the video of a schoolboy retaliating against his alleged tormentor circulated widely on the internet. So how can we prevent bullying? We asked people in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall if they had the answer.


Street poll: the future of bookstores

Many brick-and-mortar bookstores are faced with the fact that readers are increasingly buying books in digital form or from internet marketplaces. Borders bookchain in the United States announced bankruptcy last month and the Australian chain announced voluntary administration the next day. We came to the Borders store in Brisbane’s CBD to ask shoppers if they […]


Street poll: Can Ian Thorpe win gold again?

After four years in retirement, Ian Thorpe has announced his comeback to swimming and hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But can he win gold for Australia? Newsbytes visited Brisbane’s Queen St Mall to ask people that very question.


Street poll: Should we do more to raise awareness of depression?

With rates of depression increasing in developed countries, support groups and government programs have emerged to give help and raise awareness. But is enough being done, with more than 2000 Australians taking their own lives every year? Newsbytes visited Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall to ask people their views.


Street poll: Should the Government make companies report on women in the workplace?

Under reforms announced by the Minister for the Status of Women, Kate Ellis, all businesses with 100 or more employees will have to report on the number of women in their workplace. The Government will do random spot-checks to ensure they are receiving accurate information, while businesses that fail to comply will be fined and […]


Street poll: Should drivers be banned from using hands-free mobile phones?

Among proposals for new laws to help reduce road accidents, the Australian Transport Council has called for a ban on hands-free mobile phone conversations by motorists. We asked Brisbane people what they thought of the idea.


Street poll: Should Australia go nuclear?

The long-running debate over whether Australia should follow other countries in introducing nuclear power has been given a new dimension with the impact of Japan’s tragic earthquake on its nuclear plants. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this week Australia had “abundant solar, wind, geothermal, tidal” sources of power and “we don’t think nuclear energy is […]


Street poll: Prince Will’s visit and the republic

With the grandson of the Queen to visit flood-affected areas of Queensland this week, some are asking whether Australia should cuts its ties with the monarchy and become a republic. The issue has been debated for decades, with public opinion still divided. We asked people outside Queensland’s Parliament House what they thought.


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