Essential Report

Government priorities

Feb 27, 2018

Q. What is your view about the following issues and whether they should be a priority for the Government to address? 

  I support this and it should be a high priority I support this but it is not a high priority I don’t support this Not sure
Meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets 43% 32% 14% 12%
Establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 31% 37% 21% 11%
Including aboriginal recognition in the constitution 30% 40% 18% 12%
A treaty with indigenous Australia 27% 32% 26% 14%
Australia becoming a republic 21% 25% 35% 20%
Changing the date of Australia Day 11% 16% 60% 13%

 

43% think that meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets should be a high priority for the Government, 31% think establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament should be a high priority and 30% think that including aboriginal recognition in the constitution should be a high priority.

More than half the respondents supported each of the indigenous issues. They were split over becoming a republic (46% support/35% oppose) and only 27% supported changing the date of Australia Day.

Labor voters and Greens voters showed higher support for each issue and Liberal National voters and other voters lower support.

52% of men supported becoming a republic compared to 39% of women. 38% of those aged 25-44 supported changing the date of Australia Day compared to 17% those aged 55+.

 

  Total high priority   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Meeting the Close the Gap indigenous health targets 43%   51% 34% 62% 38%
Establishing an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 31%   41% 22% 53% 23%
Including aboriginal recognition in the constitution 30%   41% 19% 52% 21%
A treaty with indigenous Australia 27%   37% 15% 48% 19%
Australia becoming a republic 21%   27% 16% 31% 18%
Changing the date of Australia Day 11%   11% 7% 34% 8%

 

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