Problems for Aboriginal People

Feb 6, 2012
Essential Research

Q. Are each of the following issues a larger problem or a smaller problem for Aboriginal people than they are for other Australians?

Total bigger problem for Aboriginal people A much bigger problem A little bigger problem A similar problem A little smaller problem A much smaller problem Don’t know
Alcohol abuse 74% 51% 23% 17% 2% 2% 6%
Health issues 65% 37% 28% 21% 6% 4% 5%
Unemployment 63% 37% 26% 22% 6% 4% 6%
Loss of culture and tradition. 56% 29% 27% 26% 5% 6% 8%
Discrimination 55% 25% 30% 28% 5% 6% 6%
Family breakdown 50% 25% 25% 33% 4% 3% 10%
Access to education 44% 17% 27% 31% 10% 8% 6%
Threats to their environment 41% 18% 23% 37% 7% 6% 9%
Access to accommodation 40% 15% 25% 30% 12% 9% 10%
Access to services/ resources in rural communities 37% 17% 20% 30% 13% 11% 9%
Legal rights 30% 11% 19% 34% 13% 15% 8%

A majority of respondents think Aboriginal people have larger problems than other Australians in terms of alcohol abuse (74%), health issues (65%), unemployment (63%), loss of culture and tradition (56%), discrimination (55%) and family breakdown (50%).

A majority believe they have similar or smaller problems in terms of legal rights (62%), access to services/resources in rural communities (54%), access to accommodation (51%) and threats to their environment (50%).

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