Originally Posted by jAded
What's this thing called free speech and what do you plan on doing with your "guarantee" of it?
*dials national security hotline*
Remember... be alert, not alarmed. lol very 'aussie' approach to things.
Ah Byron Bay. Haven't been, but I hear it is very relaxed, bit of a hippy town. Not necessarily a bad thing at all!
Punishment in schools is along the lines of picking up rubbish at lunch or lunchtime detentions, where you sit in the room but can't go out and play. You can still eat. When I was in school last century [graduated 1999], the really bad kids sometimes had after school detention for an hour. I guess it's the same as the US, you can get suspended and/or expelled for being a major problem child. lol, corporal punishment hasn't been around for some time. Private and public schools exist. When I was in primary school, there was a before and after school care on the premises, and there are also quite a few others around the place, but this would always cost money.
Here you register to vote, and voting is compulsory. You need to get to a polling booth on the day or you'll be fined. [If need be you can vote a little while before an election]. We vote for local, state and federal.
I don't think immunisation is compulsory, but I'm not 100% on that. I know there were debates about it a little while back.
You can read more on healthcare here: http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/...FRYiagodtUjfdw
I dunno how accurate I've been. Hopefully some...tiny amount of help