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.

Street poll: What gift would you give the US president?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave United States president Barack Obama several Australian souvenirs during her recent visit to Washington, including a football, an ipod preloaded with Australian music and an opportunity to taste Vegemite. (“It’s horrible,” he declared.) We went to Brisbane’s King George Square to ask the public what other Australiana should have been […]

Street poll: Will you watch the NRL season start?

The National Rugby League season kicks off this Friday night, with the “Queensland Derby” between the Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys. Who’s going to be watching? We went to Queen Street Mall to find out. Camera and production supervision: David Douglas Stuart

Street poll: Do we still need International Women’s Day?

March 8th this year marks 100 years of International Women’s Day. With its roots in early 1900s socialism, International Women’s Day has developed into a global celebration of women. It draws attention to the achievements of women and examines the gender-based disparity that still exists across many cultures. We asked people in Queen Street Mall […]

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