Centre for Continuing Education

Politics Course: Hot Topics for 2016 Federal Election

Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities.

Learn Politics the smart way with Politics courses at CCE, The University of Sydney.

Australian politics fills our media every day, but the sheer volume of information and rapid changes can cause most people to disengage. However, the rapidly changing political landscape affects our lives at work, the cohesiveness of society and the environment. This politics course engages with the leading political, economic and social issues of the day and helps to develop your understanding of current and emerging political issues in Australia; ‘Hot Topics for the 2016 Federal Election’ also lets you meet politicians and opinion leaders to debate these issues within the class and later within your community.


By the end of this politics course students should be able to take part in discussions on:

  • The struggle for supremacy in the federal seat of New England, where Tony Windsor and Barnaby Joyce are locked in a fierce battle.
  • The Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite issue which has the potential to split Australia into two camps. Some MPs may vote against Same-Sex Marriage regardless of the outcome of the plebiscite.
  • Will the Indigenous Referendum be a defining moment in the history of Australia, to recognise the original inhabitants of this land in the Constitution, or will this opportunity be missed? Will the calls for a Treaty from the Aboriginal community be heeded?
  • Federal and State governments have thrown open the doors of vocational education for private trainers to compete with public TAFE. What are the consequences for the trades and university entrants? What are the consequences for teaching and teachers as oppose to training and trainers?
  • Refugee children, detention on Manus Island and Nauru continue to fuel debate. How is the Australian community faring within the global context of forced migration?
  • Is Medicare in trouble, or should consumers contribute more for universal health care? Diagnostic services are now in the spotlight as the Government proposes to eliminate bulk billing for many of these services.
  • What is a measured response to Climate Change. The three main parties have three different solutions to this problem.
  • Have the dissenting voices been silenced in the Senate? What are the consequences of Senate reform for democracy?
  • Is Gonski going, going, gone? How will the alternative governments fund the future of Australia – its children?
  • What is going to be funding outcome for the Tertiary Sector return to full fee deregulation?


This politics course, with the assistance of great Guest Speakers, will study, discuss and debate numerous political issues* such as:

  • The Battle for New England.
  • The Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite.
  • The Indigenous Referendum and a Treaty.
  • The Transformation of TAFE.
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Changes to Medicare.
  • Government Responses to Climate Change.
  • Consequences of Senate Reform.
  • Changing Industrial Landscape.
  • Further Education Issues- Tertiary Sector Funding and the Further Funding of Gonski.".

Intended Audience

This politics course is suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students and active retirees who have an interest in the upcoming NSW State Election.

Delivery Style

This politics course will be delivered as a face-to-face, interactive lecture featuring a number of guests speakers*. Questions and open discussions will be encouraged.

*The list of topic and guest speakers may be subject to change.

Recommended Reading

  1. Sydney Morning Herald – Federal Politics.
  2. The Australian – National Affairs.
  3. The Conversation – Politics.
  4. The Australian Financial Review – Election.
  5. ABC Politics News.
  6. Sky News – Australian Politics.
  7. The Guardian Australia – Australian Politics.
  8. Australian Public Affairs Channel.
  9. Everything You Need to Know About the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians by Megan Davis (Author), George Williams (Author) ISBN 978-1742234168.
  10. ‘The end of TAFE as we know it’: leaked paper details federal vocational takeover',by Matthew Knott and Michael Bachelard, Sydney Morning Herald, 4th February 2016.
  11. ‘High Court ruling a blow to lawyers fighting offshore detention’, by Felicity Nelson, Lawyers Weekly, 5 February 2016..
  12. ‘What the record reveals of the chances of Indigenous recognition’, The Conversation,by Professor Helen Irving, 27 May 2015.
  13. ‘High Court ruling a blow to lawyers fighting offshore detention’, Lawyers Weekly,by Felicity Nelson, 5 February 2016.
  14. ‘What the record reveals of the chances of Indigenous recognition’, The Conversation,by Professor Helen Irving, 27 May 2015.
  15. 'A Plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be a failure of parliament’s responsibility', ‘The Conversation’,by Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, Matt Collins, 4th March 2016.
  16. Don’t Kill Bulk Bill'Pathology Australia.
  17. 'Barnaby Joyce Vs Tony Windsor: battle New England' by SBS Staff, "The Feed' 15 March 2016.
  18. ‘Blood money: pathology cuts can reduce spending without compromising health’, ‘The Conversation’,by Professor Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program, Grattan Institute, 22nd February 2016.
  19. ‘If not Gonski funding, then what?’ ‘The Conversation’,by Stacey Fox and Megan O’Connell, 7 April 2016.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion