Crowdsourcing: Australia 2013 Issues

What do you think the major issues will be or are?

(If you haven’t gotten Prime Minister Forever – Australia 2013 yet, you can order here and immediately receive the Beta.)

Update: I have added the current issues in 2013. This is a working version and will be updated regularly in response to suggestions. Positions are Far-Left, Left, Center-Left, Center, Center-Right, Right, Far-Right.

Issue positions after the break.

Leadership, Profile High

Experience, Profile Medium

Issue Familiarity, Profile Medium

Integrity, Profile Medium

Corruption, Profile ?

  • Capitalism has corrupted our system! The system needs to be completely rebuilt.
  • The Liberals are completely corrupt.
  • The Liberals are more corrupt than Labor.
  • Both parties are corrupt. We need better oversight and reform.
  • Labor is more corrupt than the Liberals.
  • Labor is completely corrupt.
  • Socialism has corrupted our system! The system needs to be completely rebuilt.

WorkChoices, Profile ?

  • WorkChoices must be abolished and Unions given more power!
  • WorkChoices must be abolished and Unions given more power!
  • WorkChoices should be abolished in favour of the old contracts.
  • WorkChoices is fatally flawed as-is, and must be reformed.
  • WorkChoices may need tweaking.
  • WorkChoices is fine.
  • WorkChoices is fine.

Economic Management, Profile High

  • We must manage the economy for the workers, not corporations.
  • We must manage the economy for the workers, not corporations.
  • The economy is good, but interest rates are getting high.
  • The economy is good, but could be doing more for working families.
  • The economy is finely tuned, and a new government could upset that.
  • The economy is doing great, we should leave it alone.
  • The economy is doing great, we should leave it alone.

Tax Policy, Profile ?

  • The government needs to spend the surplus, no tax cuts.
  • The government needs to spend the surplus, no tax cuts.
  • Focus on tax credits and some tax cuts on the lower rates.
  • Tax cuts for lower rates, targeted rebates and tax reform.
  • Large across the boards tax cuts.
  • A low flat tax on both corporate and income tax is required.
  • A low flat tax on both corporate and income tax is required.

Health and Medicare, Profile ?

  • All Australians should have access to free health care.
  • All Australians should have access to free health care.
  • Health care benefits should be means-tested, but generous.
  • The hospital system will be federalized on poor performance.
  • Individual hospitals will be federalized on poor performance.
  • Medicare should be scaled back significantly.
  • Medicare should be scaled back significantly.

Infrastructure, Profile ?

  • The government needs to make vast investments in infrastructure.
  • The government needs to make vast investments in infrastructure.
  • Australia’s infrastructure needs updating and expansion.
  • Focus funding on productivity, such as national broadband.
  • Infrastructure is important, and does need more funding.
  • Private corporations will handle infrastructure expansion.
  • Private corporations will handle infrastructure expansion.

Nuclear Power, Profile ?

  • No to nuclear power! No to mining uranium!
  • No to nuclear power! No to mining uranium!
  • No nuclear power, and no uranium mining expansion.
  • No to Nuclear power, but consider uranium mining expansion.
  • If clean coal doesn’t work, nuclear power is needed.
  • Nuclear power is required in Australia.
  • Nuclear power is required in Australia.

Climate Change, Profile High (Carbon Tax vs. Direct Action)

  • Australia must help stop global warming no matter the cost!
  • Australia must help stop global warming no matter the cost!
  • Global warming is a threat to Australia’s existence.
  • Fight global warming, but balanced with economic growth.
  • Economic growth is more important than global warming.
  • The threat of climate change is limited.
  • The threat of climate change is limited.

Environmental Policy, Profile ?

  • Animals and trees are more important than humans!
  • Animals and trees are more important than humans!
  • We must protect the environment from damage by humans.
  • Logging, mining, and environment are all important.
  • The economy is more important than trees, they grow back.
  • If cutting down forests helps the people of Australia, let’s do it.
  • If cutting down forests helps the people of Australia, let’s do it.

National Reconciliation, Profile ?

  • The Indigenous should get more rights than others.
  • The Indigenous should get more rights than others.
  • The Indigenous were here first, and we need to reconcile.
  • Australia needs to make amends for what happened.
  • We recognise the distinctiveness of Indigenous identity and culture.
  • Australia screwed up, but it’s in the past: we should move forward.
  • Australia screwed up, but it’s in the past: we should move forward.

Aboriginal Issues, Profile ?

  • Indigenous Australians deserve complete self-government.
  • Indigenous Australians deserve complete self-government.
  • Indigenous Australians deserve to have independent communal land.
  • Targeted intervention among the Indigenous can be helpful.
  • We must intervene in Indigenous affairs when it is a necessity.
  • Aborigines are Australians, no special rights.
  • Aborigines are Australians, no special rights.

Immigration and Refugees, Profile High (Asylum Seeker Policy)

  • White settlers are the true invaders! Take in unlimited refugees.
  • White settlers are the true invaders! Take in unlimited refugees.
  • A large immigrant intake is good for Australia. Increase refugee %.
  • Emphasis should be given to skilled, not humanitarian, immigration.
  • We should reduce our immigration and refugees intake, and refocus it.
  • Immigrants are not fitting it with Australian culture.
  • Immigrants are not fitting it with Australian culture.

Housing Affordability, Profile ?

  • Free housing to those that need it.
  • Free housing to those that need it.
  • A comprehensive government planned housing strategy is needed.
  • Release government land for housing projects.
  • Housing is an important issue.
  • If you can’t afford a house, live in an apartment.
  • If you can’t afford a house, live in an apartment.

Social Issues, Profile Medium

  • Equality demands legalisation of same-sex marriage.
  • Equality demands legalisation of same-sex marriage.
  • Leave it to the courts to decide.
  • It may be an issue, but that doesn’t mean we have to do anything.
  • Nothing against gay people, but the traditional family is the way to go.
  • The traditional family must be protected. No gay marriage or civil unions.
  • The traditional family must be protected. No gay marriage or civil unions.

Parliamentary Terms, Profile ?

  • We need fixed three year terms.
  • We need fixed three year terms.
  • A four year fixed term is the way to go.
  • Our current system is fine.
  • Four year terms would give the government more freedom.
  • Five year terms like Canada would be good.
  • Five year terms like Canada would be good.

Schools and Universities, Profile ?

  • Reintroduce free tertiary education.
  • Reintroduce free tertiary education.
  • Take money from wealthy private schools to fund public schools.
  • Funding priority should be given to state schools.
  • Equal funding for students attending private schools.
  • Introduce a voucher system for the education system.
  • Introduce a voucher system for the education system.

National Security, Profile ?

  • Civil liberties must always trump security concerns.
  • Civil liberties must always trump security concerns.
  • The current security measures are sufficient.
  • ASIO’s power must be expanded.
  • Ethnic profiling would be beneficial.
  • Civil liberties must be massively scaled back.
  • Civil liberties must be massively scaled back.

War Against Terrorism, Profile ?

  • They hate us because we do bad things. Change ourselves.
  • They hate us because we do bad things. Change ourselves.
  • Combat the root causes of terrorism by eliminating poverty.
  • Military action, but not pre-emptive military action, is justified.
  • Only engage in war with countries directly linked to terrorism.
  • Join wars against countries peripherally linked to terrorism.
  • Join wars against countries peripherally linked to terrorism.

17 Responses to Crowdsourcing: Australia 2013 Issues

  1. asanak July 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Major issues would be Environmental Policy (Carbon Tax vs. ‘Direct Action’), Asylum Seeker Policy, Leadership (just because Tony Abbott is so unpopular and many people dislike Kevin Rudd anyway) and Economic Management. Gay Marriage could also be a thing now that Kevin Rudd has come out in favour of it.

  2. Crg July 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    For creating scenarios,

    If I were to make none of the candidates on the ballot in an attempt to realistically get themselves on the ballot, would the computer try to get on the ballot or is it not that advanced to understand it needs to be on the ballot to win?

  3. Duritz July 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    National Disability Insurance Scheme, Gonski, Carbon Tax, Mining Tax, Asylum seeker policy, Economic Management, Industrial relations.

    The ABC is organising a Vote Compass which may assist you in formulating the relevant issues. http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/votecompass/

    It’s modelled on the Canadian model so I’m sure you’re familiar with the format.

  4. Bryan July 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    The major issues for the Liberal Party will be:

    Illegal immigration (boat people). This in fact will be one of THE biggest issues that the Liberal Party will push.

    Carbon Tax;
    Mining Super-Profits Tax;
    National Deficit;
    Gonski education reforms; and
    Labor leadership

    The major issues for the Labor Party will be:
    Economic management;
    Gonski education reforms; and
    Tony Abbott.
    Same sex marriage.

    There are two new minor parties competing in this year’s federal election for the first time: Clive Palmer’s “United Australia Party”, and Bob Katter’s “Katter’s Australian Party”. Both of these parties are conservative parties, to the right of the Liberal Party, with elements of Libertarianism. I suspect each will attract strong voter percentages, but I can’t see either winning double-digit percentages, and I also think they will counter-act each other and as a result,will win few, if any seats. Of the two, the Katter Party is all-but guaranteed to win one seat (Bob Katter’s seat of Kennedy), and they may pick up a second north Queensland seat, but that will be about it.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Green’s vote percentage actually decrease this election.

    The entire campaign will be a negative one, fought on party leadership between Rudd and Abbott.

  5. waggafletcher July 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Economic policy will become important the closer we get to an election.
    The Murray-Darling Basin plan is very important in rural electorates that fall within the Murray and Murrumbidgee river areas (Riverina, Farrer etc).
    I have no doubt that industrial relations will also figure (WorkChoices).
    Single parent pensions is another hot topic.
    The National Broadband Network (NBN) also differentiates the two major parties (Labor favours fibre to the home; the Coalition favours two empty tin cans connected via a piece of string).
    Gender is also going to figure (Gillard’s legacy… the Coalition has “women problems”).
    Schools funding (Gonski Reforms).
    Asylum seeker “Stop the boats” policy will, sadly, be central (at least early on).
    Gay marriage will also figure in the campaign.
    China policy is also important.

  6. Glee July 9, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    What a great idea.
    Basically as the Non Labor States turn back to Labor, State issues will start to figure again. Such as Tolls on Existing and new roadways in Sydney and Brisbane. Education and Hospitals Funding in Victoria. Water quality and price in W.A and S.A.. The lack of kidney dialysis machines and the Dry Area Zones (Alcohol free) in the Northern Territory.

    Nationally a range of issues include :
    Reduced public service by 20 000- effecting ACT and Tasmania.
    Australian car industry policy effecting Vic and S.A.
    The Murray Darling River system impacting West Qld, NSW and Nth Vic and S.A.
    Taxation and review of G.S.T. from 10% to 15%.
    Freight and transport costs particularly fuel.
    Timetable and model for Australian Republic.
    Returning Service men and women from war zones and national memorial.
    Fiscal outlook Deficit or Surplus.
    Accounting for policies by new Parliamentary Budget Office.
    Triple A rating.
    Interest rates / Housing Credit cards and Business loans.

    International factors
    Uranium mining in Queensland – Non proliferation Agreement.
    U.N on refugees.
    Free trade.
    Oil cartels effecting world growth and profit gouging.
    World court ruling on Whaling.

    That about all I have time for right now but I enjoyed reading the other submissions.

    Glee.

  7. Queensland80S July 9, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    2013 should run exactly like 2010 – but with different scenarios/issues/candidates/ads/leaders etc.

    The 2013 beta (like 2012/16 US games) was terrible. The way in which campaigns etc have to be established made it overly difficult (read: long)

  8. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    @Queensland,

    Can you say more about this? (The number of turns in a game can be about the same as in PM4E Aus 2007, depending on when the scenario start date is set.)

  9. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks everyone for your feedback!

  10. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    @Crg,

    Are you referring to PM4E Australia 2013 or P4E 2016?

  11. Crg July 10, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    P4E 2016

  12. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    @Crg,

    Thank you for this – no. I’ve added this to the to-do list.

  13. Dallas July 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    I think I have mentioned this before, but will a feature be implemented that allows candidates from the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as third parties, to drop out of their primaries and run under another party? For example Republican: Sarah Palin drops out to run as a Libertarian, Green, etc. Say, if Ron Paul did that in the 2012 scenario, he would gain momentum, because many of his supporters would cross party lines to vote for him, as well as Libertarians. I think this would be interesting and make the gameplay more intense and exciting.

  14. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    @Dallas,

    It’s on the possible to-do list.

  15. anthony_270admin July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Update: I have added the current issues in 2013. This is a working version and will be updated regularly in response to suggestions.

    I have yet to incorporate suggestions in the comments already made. That will happen shortly.

  16. SANC July 13, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I think there should be a dirty fingers rule; you can’t get any momentum attacking a candidate’s personality trait (integrity,leadership etc.) if your own one is worse. I don’t know if anyone ever did this on campaign but I’d imagine it wouldn’t go too well.

  17. anthony_270admin July 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Removed Troops in Iraq issue.

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