Essential Report

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues

Jun 27, 2019

Q. What is your view about the following issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and whether they should be a priority for the Government to address?

Support, and should be a priority Support, but not a high priority Don’t support Not sure NET: Support NET: Support

(Feb’18)

Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 36% 38% 15% 12% 74% 75%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 33% 37% 18% 12% 70% 70%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 29% 37% 21% 13% 66% 68%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 26% 33% 25% 16% 59% 59%
Australia to become a republic 17% 26% 38% 19% 43% 46%
Change the date of Australia Day 12% 18% 58% 12% 30% 27%
Change the words of the National Anthem 11% 22% 53% 14% 33% N/A
  • Voters supported meeting the ‘Close the Gap’ targets (74%), inclusion of aboriginal recognition in the constitution (70%), and establishment of an Indigenous ‘voice’ to advise Parliament (66%), with around three in ten voters saying each should be a high priority for the Government to address.
  • Coalition voters were less likely than other voters to say they supported all of these issues and they should be a priority, whereas Greens voters were more likely to say so.
  • Changing the date of Australia Day and the words of the National Anthem were opposed by a majority of voters.
  • Net support for all of the issues varied little from when the same question was asked in February 2018.

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