List of Past ISDA Topics
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List of Past ISDA TopicsNotes from the Chief Adjudicator:
- Filter topics by clicking the drop-down boxes
- 2016 and 2017 seasons have not yet been added
- Topic areas may change and are not indicative of future topic areas of ISDA
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Primary = Year 5 and 6; Junior = Year 7 and 8; Intermediate = Year 9 and 10; Senior = Year 11 and 12
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Topic AreaAge BracketTopicYear
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EconomicsIntermediateThat we should allow emergency workers to strike2018
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EconomicsIntermediateThat we should allow businesses to fire employees on the basis of personal (legal) online behaviour (e.g. personal Facebook posts)2018
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EducationIntermediateThat all university students receiving professional degrees (e.g. medicine, law, veterinary studies) should be required to work in a rural area for 2 years after graduation2018
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EducationIntermediateThat all Intermediate, 11, and 12 students should be required to have a part time job2018
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EducationIntermediateThat access to public schools should be means tested based on parents' income2018
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EducationIntermediateThat schools should be allowed to drug test students2018
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EducationIntermediateThat we should abolish the ATAR and all other student rankings2018
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EducationIntermediateThat we should have performance pay for teachers2015
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EducationIntermediateThat we should close down underperforming schools2015
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EducationIntermediateThat we should not separate students into classes on the basis of ability2014
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EducationIntermediateThat schools should be allowed to test children for illegal drugs2013
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EducationIntermediateThat community service should be compulsory for the School Certificate2011
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EducationIntermediateThat school should start later to take into account adolescent sleeping patterns2011
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EducationIntermediateThat the government should not publish school league tables2011
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EducationIntermediateThat NAPLAN results should not be published.2010
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat we should allow communities to veto resource extraction projects in their local area2018
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat Australia should adopt nuclear power2018
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat we should have an extra tax on mining companies2015
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat we should ban mining projects near the Great Barrier Reef2014
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat the price of water should be increased2012
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat we should allow mining in Antarctica2012
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat Australia should introduce a carbon tax.2011
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat nuclear energy is the future of electricity generation in Australia2011
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat the government should establish a natural disaster fund2011
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EnvironmentIntermediateThat we should make corporations responsible for the disposal of their products2011
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GenderIntermediateThat we should ban the advertising of makeup and beauty products2018
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GenderIntermediateThat women should pay lower rates of tax than men2015
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GenderIntermediateThat feminists should publicly condemn female public figures who return to abusive partners2014
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GenderIntermediateThat parents should not be allowed to choose the gender or race of an adoptive child2013
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GenderIntermediateThat air brushing in fashion magazines should be banned.2010
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GenderIntermediateThat we should offer tax cuts for companies with female executives.2010
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Government and SocietyIntermediateThat children should be forced to support their parents in their old age.2013
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Government and SocietyIntermediateThat we should use mandatory offshore detention to deter people smuggling2012
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Government and SocietyIntermediateThat cigarettes should be made illegal.2010
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Government and SocietyIntermediateThat we should have a national "Sorry Day".2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should legalise the torture of terrorists to obtain national security intelligence2015
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International RelationsIntermediate
That the government should actively intervene to save Australians sentenced to death overseas
2015
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should ban out-sourcing of clinical testing on humans to the developing world2018
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should tie development aid to the women’s rights record of recipient countries2018
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International RelationsIntermediate
That Australia should not assist police in countries that have the death penalty for drug related offences
2014
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should only give development aid to democracies2013
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should only give development aid to democracies.2013
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Australia should not cut its defence budget to achieve a return to surplus2012
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International RelationsIntermediate
That Australian tourists should not travel to countries which abuse the human rights of their citizens
2012
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International RelationsIntermediate
That Australian tourists should not travel to countries which abuse the human rights of their citizens.
2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat developed countries should not accept skilled migrants from developing nations2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat developed countries should not accept skilled migrants from developing nations.2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat poverty should be sufficient grounds for asylum2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat there should be no veto power in the UN Security Council2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat there should be no veto power in the UN Security Council.2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should form a political union with other South East Asian nations2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should form a political union with other South East Asian nations.2012
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International RelationsIntermediateThat aid should be tied to human rights targets2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat all asylum seekers applying to Australia should be processed in Australia.2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat it is sometimes justified to limit civil liberties2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat it is sometimes justified to limit civil liberties.2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should give dictators immunity in exchange for their resignation2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should not send asylum seekers to other countries for processing2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should not send asylum seekers to other countries for processing.2011
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Australia should act unilaterally on climate change.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Australia should act unilaterally on climate change.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Australia should stop following the lead of the US2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Australia should stop following the lead of the US.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat the Australian Government should increase its foreign aid.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat the Australian government should increase its foreign aid.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat the US should destroy its nuclear arsenal.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat the US should destroy its nuclear arsenal.2010
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we need to do more for asylum seekers.2009
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should leave Iraq.2009
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International RelationsIntermediateThat we should no pay ransoms to pirates.2009
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International RelationsIntermediateThat Indonesia should not use the death penalty on Australian citizens.2008
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International RelationsIntermediateThat the export of live animals should be banned.2008
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for a lighter sentence2015
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat the government should be obliged to provide jobs to unemployed ex-prisoners2015
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should privatise prisons2015
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Law & OrderIntermediate
That we should give automatic reductions to prison sentences received by disadvantaged minority groups
2015
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Law & OrderIntermediate
That we should hold CEOs criminally responsible for environmental damage caused by their companies
2015
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Law & OrderIntermediate
This we should, with the consent of victims, allow first-time offenders to pay compensation to the victims in place of a prison sentence
2014
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Law & OrderIntermediate
That crimes committed by police officers should be punished more severely than if they were committed by persons other than police officers
2013
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat criminals should not receive lighter punishments in exchange for early guilty pleas2013
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should abolish trial by jury2013
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should offer amnesties to gang members who testify against other gang members2013
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat non-violent offenders should never be sent to prison2012
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat Australia should have a bill of rights2011
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat criminals should not be permitted to publish accounts of their crimes.2011
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat jury trials should be abolished2011
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat convicted criminals should pay compensation to their victims2010
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should ban TV programmes that glorify crime2010
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should decriminalise recreational drugs.2010
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should not allow employers to view or ask for the criminal records of prospective employees2018
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat parents should be held responsible for the crimes of their children2018
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should televise criminal trials2018
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat we should allow citizen initiated referenda (citizen initiated referenda are votes on policy or law initiated by a certain number of citizens signing a petition)2018
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat juries (rather than judges) should sentence convicted criminals 2018
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Law & OrderIntermediateThat law enforcement agencies should be allowed to monitor any electronic communication2018
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MediaIntermediateThat no one should be allowed to post on the internet anonymously2015
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MediaIntermediateThat the government should not provide funding to Australian film and TV2015
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MediaIntermediateThat children under 16 should be prevented from using their real names online2014
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