Oral topics must come from public debate in the Australian Media since September last year. Be sure you can find relevant material to suit your contention. You are not limited to newspapers - the internet and it's blogs, radio sites, video sites and newspaper sites provides a wealth of information. BE WARY though. Use RELIABLE resources

If you know a topic do a key word search on some of these sites:
3AW
Herald-Sun
The Age
The Australian
National Times
The ABC website
Mildura Independent
Sunraysia daily
Fairfax Local news publications

2011 topic ideas - Note - the links are a STARTING POINT for research - you do not have to adopt thiese points of view.

Nuclear reactors in Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3133626.htm
Report Slams reactor
Wikileaks - Assange-Freedom of speech
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/will-youth-rally-for-assange/story-fn56az2q-1226006609681
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/wikileaks-credibility-depends-on-its-neutrality/story-e6frg71x-1226006574264
Teen Obesity
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/shedding-light-on-obesity/story-e6frfhqo-1225996462715
disaster insurance

Indigenous health
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3134124.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/australiatalks/stories/2011/3132963.htm
Putting GST on ALL online shopping - including international purchases
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/australiatalks/stories/2011/3121416.htm
Aged Care
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/nationalinterest/stories/2011/3124286.htm
Water management; Storm water
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/nationalinterest/stories/2011/3086061.htm
Flood Levy - Charrity should begin at home
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/10/3134717.htm
http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/charity-should-begin-at-home/?from=scroller&pos=3&referrer=home&link=text
mainstream Journalism makes us Dumber
http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/43806.html
Bullying - Guides Australia report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/audio/2011/02/10/3134826.htm?site=news
media spectacle of Abbot supposedly making disparaging remarks about a Digger in Afghanistan
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/abbott-in-the-middle-of-a-shitstorm/story-e6frfhqf-1226003283081
http://www.thepunch.com.au/
Formula one - should we keep it?
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/the-formula-is-right-but-losses-endanger-our-hype-profile-race/story-fn56b0n9-1225844964922
Women's magazines
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/the-formula-is-right-but-losses-endanger-our-hype-profile-race/story-fn56b0n9-1225844964922
Stars and their privacy - or lack of
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/footballers-have-a-responsibility-to-protect-their-own-privacy/story-fn56aaiq-1225974661823
degradation of women/women as sex opbjects
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/tuckshop-of-dishy-delights/story-e6frfhqf-1225952362331
Gay marriage
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/gay-marriage-must-get-nod/story-e6frfhqf-1225953999846
Making kids better behaved - new school laws
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/live-blog-with-robyn-riley/story-fn56b2fi-1226000874741
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion-old/school-laws-a-sad-state-but-critical/story-fn56b2fi-1226000753186
Reading other peoples emails
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/whos-the-big-cheater/story-e6frfhqf-1225980195196
IVF/Sperm donors - genetic heritage and Genetic determination
start here http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/sperm-donors-deserve-praise/story-e6frfhqf-1225973292887
Look for a story about an IVF mum who aborted a pregrnancy becuase she did not want the boy she was having - she wanted a girl.
Costello bags AFL players as being incapable of educating kids on life skills
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/parents-should-quake-with-fear-about-afl-players-at-schools-peter-costello/story-e6frf7kx-1226006693686 note there are 66 comments on this story - lots of people have something to say.
IT'S not OK to be drunk. Not ever
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/drowning-in-drink-issues/story-e6frfhqo-1226006020664
Special treatment for Muslim women
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/council-dives-into-the-deep-end/story-e6frfhqo-1226003966198
Child protection laws and procedures are failing our children - an Ombudsmans report
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/we-fail-the-little-children/story-e6frfhqo-1226003276635 be sure to check related coverage
Hoon Laws
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/l-plate-motorcyclist-clocked-at-179kmh/comments-e6frf7jo-1226004952106
Funerals for those who died in Christmas island Tragedy
TOUGH policies shouldn't rule out showing some compassion. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/hard-headed-not-hard-hearted/story-e6frg71x-1226006575782
The professional Standards for teachers document
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/teachers-tied-up-in-red-tape/story-e6frg6zo-1226005956019
Political correctness...removing 'nigger' from mark twain's novel 'Huckleberry Finn' - and other literature affected by this...
http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/alr/index.php/theaustralian/comments/huckleberry_finn/


2010 topic ideas
Asylum seekers
Derryn Hinch - 'Do we have a boat people policy' Radio interview
Herald Sun - topic search -'Asylum seekers'
Christmas Island - use as a key word search
Internet issues: Facebook/Myspace/Twitter
Sexting

Water Allocations
School Funding
Carbon Emissions Trading
Tertiary student allowances
My School website
Public naming of Sex offenders
Whaling; Protesting against whaling
Minister for respect
Casino for Mildura
ABC report
Violence and alcohol
Pollies perks - gold passes, travel allowance etc
stay or go - responding to bushfires
'catastrophic' fire warning
Encouraging older people to stay at work
Climate change
Ban the Burka
Freedom of speech
new laws in SA
Mum gets off easy after making son drunk
Sport/drugs/alcohol
Violence toward Indian students
Envoy
Importance of volunteer firefighters
Racism in Australia
Dog Laws
Indian student safety



2009 - some of these may still be appropriate in 2010. Find current resources
Australian Government's plans to filter national Internet access
  • Australian teacher discusses this topic hereas a good starting point.

The justice system
- Andrew Bolt argues Aboriginal offenders get off lightly because they are Aboriginal
The appeals system is being abused
the injustice of the law - a bashing death

ABC 7.30 Report video podcasts on recent issues
ABC behind the news website
unruly role models - sportsmen behaving badly
Shark attacks


Abortion doctor censured

Alcopops taxes going to drinkwise

Safety on the streets

Men need to be more open about prostate cancer

Why Aussie troops are in Afghanistan

Earth Hour

Controlled crying is cruel

Hospital waiting lists need to be addressed immediately:
wait list
health minister
knight cartoon

Refugees:
Rudd must repel vile people smugglers