Essential Report

Colonisation of Australia

Jun 21, 2016

Q. Do you agree or disagree that it is reasonable to describe the British colonisation of Australia as an invasion?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total agree 40%   49% 30% 70% 38%   47% 40% 33%
Total disagree 41%   36% 56% 16% 48%   25% 41% 59%
Strongly agree 10%   16% 3% 28% 7%   12% 10% 7%
Agree 30%   33% 27% 42% 31%   35% 30% 26%
Disagree 21%   23% 25% 12% 21%   13% 23% 29%
Strongly disagree 20%   13% 31% 4% 27%   12% 18% 30%
Don’t know 19%   16% 14% 14% 14%   28% 19% 8%

40% think it is reasonable to describe the British colonisation of Australia as an invasion and 41% disagree.

Those most likely to agree were Greens voters (70%), Labor voters (49%), aged 18-34 (47%) and those with university education (52%).

 

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