Essential Report

Support and priority of Indigenous Issues

Jul 6, 2021

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?

TOTAL: Support Jul’21 Jun’19 Feb’18
Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 69% 74% 75%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 69% 70% 70%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 66% 66% 68%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 61% 59% 59%
Australia to become a republic 43% 43% 46%
Change the date of Australia Day 37% 30% 27%

 

TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Support Support, and should be a priority Support, but not a high priority Don’t support Not sure
Meet the ‘Close the Gap’ indigenous health, education and employment targets 69% 34% 35% 15% 15%
Include aboriginal recognition in the constitution 69% 31% 38% 17% 14%
Establish an indigenous ‘voice’ to advise the Parliament 66% 29% 37% 19% 15%
Agree a treaty with indigenous Australia 61% 27% 33% 22% 17%
Australia to become a republic 43% 17% 26% 34% 23%
Change the date of Australia Day 37% 17% 20% 50% 12%
  • There is majority support to meet the ‘Close the Gap’ targets (69%), inclusion of aboriginal recognition in the constitution (69%), and establishment of an Indigenous ‘voice’ to advise Parliament (66%). Support for these changes is consistent with 2019.
  • Support for Australia to become a republic is greater than opposition (43% to 34%) with 23% unsure on the issue.
  • Support for changing the date of Australia day is now at 37%, an increase from 30% in 2019.

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