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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.

Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Jul 6, 2021

Q. In your opinion, over the past 10 years, have things got better or worse for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, or have things stayed much the same?

  Jul’21 Jan’21 Jun’19
A lot better 18% 18% 18%
A little better 30% 30% 28%
Stayed much the same 33% 32% 36%
A little worse 6% 7% 5%
A lot worse 3% 3% 3%
Don’t know 11% 11% 10%
TOTAL: Better 48% 48% 46%
TOTAL: Worse 9% 10% 8%
Base (n) 1,099 1,084 1,097
  • Nearly half (48%) believe things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the last 10 years, unchanged since January this year (48%).
  • About a third (33%) state that in their opinion, conditions have stayed much the same for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the past 10 years, while 9% believe things have got worse. Both figures are consistent with perceptions from the start of the year.
  Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
A lot better 18% 13% 27% 13% 22%
A little better 30% 28% 36% 28% 24%
Stayed much the same 33% 40% 24% 39% 34%
A little worse 6% 7% 4% 9% 7%
A lot worse 3% 3% 2% 3% 7%
Don’t know 11% 9% 8% 7% 7%
TOTAL: Better 48% 41% 62% 41% 46%
TOTAL: Worse 9% 10% 6% 12% 13%
Base (n) 1,099 404 388 87 114
  •  Coalition voters are the most likely to think things have got better for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the last decade (62% compared to 41% Labor voters, 41% Greens voters and 46% minor/independent party voters).

Indigenous Recognition Referendum

Jul 6, 2021

Q. If a referendum was held to include recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, would you vote for or against?

  Jul’21 Jun’19 Sep’16  Jul’15 Aug’14
Vote for 57% 57% 58% 61% 58%
Vote against 16% 18% 15% 16% 10%
Don’t know 27% 25% 28% 23% 32%
Base (n) 1,099 1,097 1,005 1,006 1,008

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Vote for 57% 59% 55% 60% 58% 52% 64% 52% 79% 47%
Vote against 16% 19% 13% 13% 16% 19% 12% 21% 9% 22%
Don’t know 27% 22% 32% 27% 27% 28% 24% 27% 12% 31%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  •  Over half (57%) of voters said they would vote for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. This is three times as many that said they would vote against (16%). Support and opposition towards this issue has remained relatively constant since 2014.
  • A quarter said they did not know how they would vote in such a referendum (27%).
  • There is majority support for a referendum among both men and women, all age groups and those intending to vote for a major political party.

Can we stamp out racism?

Jun 5, 2012


Dr Helen Szoke explains that people need to learn how to identify and react to racism in social settings.

For the past decade, Australia has become the home of multiculturalism. Half of us were born overseas. In city suburbs Gen Y mixes easily with different nationalities and cultures. The fight against racism appears to have been won. Or has it?

The Racial Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke, tells 3Q racism is still a pervasive problem in Australia, with ethnic minorities and Indigenous people continuing to experience discrimination in subtle and not so subtle ways.

Read a transcript of a recent interview with Dr Szoke on the issue.

Unless they’re celebrating their ethnic diversity through a weekend festival or harmony day at their local school, most Australians want people to drop obvious cultural ties.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is developing a national anti-racism strategy to educate the public on what constitutes racism and how it can be prevented and reduced.

Interests Represented by Parties

May 30, 2011

Q. Which political party do you think best represents the interests of –

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Families with young children 34% 31% 5% 29%
Students 30% 28% 10% 33%
Working people on average incomes 40% 32% 5% 23%
Working people on low incomes 43% 27% 6% 24%
Working people on high incomes 13% 63% 2% 22%
People on welfare 38% 23% 8% 30%
Pensioners 33% 28% 5% 34%
Small businesses and self-employed 20% 47% 4% 29%
Big business 13% 62% 2% 23%
The next generation of Australians 19% 31% 17% 33%
Indigenous people 23% 21% 16% 40%
Ethnic communities 22% 21% 15% 42%
Rural and regional Australians 18% 34% 11% 36%

The Labor Party is considered the party which best represents the interests of working people on low and average incomes, people on welfare and pensioners. The Liberal Party is considered best at representing the interests of people on high incomes, big business, small business and self-employed, rural and regional Australians and the next generation. The Greens’ main strengths are in representing the next generation, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

There was little difference between the major parties in terms of representing the interests of families with young children, students, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

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Importance of National Issues

Nov 30, 2009

Q. How important are the following issues for Australia?

Total important Very important Somewhat important Not very important Not at all important Don’t know
Reaching a global agreement on climate change 74% 44% 30% 9% 13% 4%
Having a Bill of Rights 63% 29% 34% 18% 11% 8%
Gaining a seat on the UN Security Council 59% 20% 39% 20% 13% 8%
Having a treaty with indigenous Australians 56% 23% 33% 20% 19% 5%
Having a referendum on becoming a republic 41% 17% 24% 25% 29% 5%

Reaching a global agreement on climate change was considered very/somewhat important for Australia by 74% of people surveyed.   63% think that having a Bill of Rights is very/somewhat important and 59% think Australia gaining a seat on the UN Security Council is very/somewhat important.

Green (94%) and Labor (87%) voters were more likely to think that reaching a global agreement on climate change is very/somewhat important for Australia.  Just over half (55%) of Coalition voters think that this is very/somewhat important for Australia.

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