With more than 2 million Australians on the government’s welfare rolls, there’s plenty of scope for a social issue debate.
And, for the most part, the answers to some of these questions are quite interesting.
For instance, you might be wondering if there’s anything at all to worry about in relation to the cost of a welfare payment.
But what about the social issues that are affecting people in the biggest cities and regional areas?
Social conflict theory argues that the more people live in a place, the more problems they’ll encounter.
It’s based on the observation that the number of people living in the same location has more to do with the degree to which the community is divided into different groups than the degree of social harmony.
So, what are some of the social problems that are having the most impact on the people in Australia?
The ABC has compiled a list of some of Australia’s social issues in the most recent data available from the Department of Human Services (DHS).