As the election nears, the Greens' polling is the highest in the party's history. So high, that pollsters and election analysts are predicting that they could end up with the balance of power in the Senate. The Greens could even be poised to win their very first Lower House seat, after the retirement of Labor's Lindsay Tanner in the electorate of Melbourne. But who votes for the Greens and why? Apart from their views on the environment and asylum seekers, what else do they stand for? And how do their policies stand up to close scrutiny?
This week Insight looks at the election battle to claim the upper hand on mental health. With one in five Australians experiencing a mental health issue each year Insight examines this key election topic.
The new series of Insight is back on Tuesday July 20 with "Game On" - taking the temperature of the electorate. In the run up to the August 21 election, we've recruited a group of swinging voters to follow during the campaign. They're lively, eclectic and from the most marginal electorates in the country. We'll be hearing from them each week of the campaign as they give us their frank assessment - on air and online - of the leaders and their policies. We'll track them over the course of the five week campaign to see which issues are getting traction, and what sways their vote.
Is Soccer in Australia as healthy as it looks? 'The World Game' in Australia seems stronger than ever, but some of its biggest supporters say fundamental problems across the board mean the game is in danger of sabotaging its golden opportunity.
This week an alleged people smuggler speaks exclusively to Insight about why he thinks more boats are arriving. And his comments are explosive. He says that if Australia wants to stop the boats, they shouldn't accept any more people.
Currently in NSW, 10 primary schools are trialling a 10 week "ethics class" as an alternative to religious instruction. Insight brings together parents, children and faith leaders to discuss how religion should be taught in our public schools and whether there's still room for God in 2010.
How big is too big? Australia is taking unprecedented numbers of migrants - permanent and temporary. Insight examines whether a bigger Australia is really a better Australia.
Anxiety, what exactly is it and can it be cured? A panic attack can involve a rapid heart rate, nausea, tingling, sweats and a sense that "you're going crazy" or "losing control". It can happen at any time and affect almost anyone. Anxiety attacks and disorders are the most common reason people in Australia get counselling. It hits over 10 percent of the population at any given time, and it's estimated that one in four people will experience it over a lifetime.
Rugby league has been hammered by scandal yet again. But this time it's not a sex scandal. This time it's about money and cheating to win. Amid reports of dodgy deals and secret bookkeeping, the game's fans are being given more than a hint of just how complicated the links are between the sport, the media covering it, and the people running the game. And it's getting ugly.
How healthy is the fitness industry? Is your personal trainer ripping you off and endangering your health? The fitness industry in Australia is booming with boot camps and personal trainers filling our parks and beaches. It is now estimated to be worth over 800 million dollars per year but how qualified are the people who are pushing us to our limits and could potentially cause us serious injury?
What does it take to make a great teacher? Finding the best inside our schools. Currently across Australia, experiments are underway to target and build better teachers. In New South Wales, the first group of super teachers have started in schools. These "highly accomplished teachers" - paid more than $100,000 a year - have the task of raising teaching standards in some of the state's most disadvantaged schools.
Do women really want to break the glass ceiling? The Government says it's determined to close the gender wage gap and increase women's participation in the workplace. But will the Government's plans to provide equality and make the workplace more family-friendly shatter or strengthen the glass ceiling? And do women want it all anyway?
Is monogamy realistic in 2010? We love reading about high profile cheaters. Is it because they touch a nerve in our own lives? While statistics on infidelity are notoriously unreliable, some surveys say up to 70 per cent of us cheat - and women are catching up to men.
Will the federal government's health reform work in fixing the problems on the ground? Nurses, patients and doctors on the inside talk about their experiences on the frontline of public hospitals.
In 2007 Insight brought together swinging voters from across Australia to talk about what was swaying their vote back then. Now we are bringing the same voters back to find out what they are thinking now.
We hear from young people who've grown up in not your usual types of Australian families, to see how they're turning out. While the nuclear family is still seen as the norm in Australia, population statistics show that's changing, and "couple families with children" are no longer the majority household in Australia. Thousands of kids are growing up without both their biological mum and dad around.
Hundreds of thousands of residential building across Australia are potentially at risk from sea level rises according to a new report from the Federal Government. Its research states that replacing these homes could cost up to $63 billion. Scientists can't agree on the research, and many local councils are asking how they are supposed to plan. All the while local residents are caught in the middle causing them huge financial and emotional strain.
Housing 36 million. What will a population boom mean for house prices and the way we live?
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