En­ergy costs top list of what Aussies re­ally care about

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AUS­TRALIANS of all ages and po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions agree on what we should be talk­ing about — and it’s not same-sex mar­riage.

A new na­tional sur­vey of what peo­ple con­sider to be the most press­ing is­sues re­veals en­ergy costs, ter­ror­ism and hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity are way out in front.

When asked to select three pri­or­ity ar­eas for the Fed­eral Govern­ment, 54% of re­spon­dents to a Galaxy Re­search poll for the Aus­tralian Fu­tures Pro­ject in­cluded en­ergy costs; 48% nom­i­nated ter­ror­ism and se­cu­rity and 46% said hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity.

Just 16% put same-sex mar­riage in their top three. Job se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment and sta­ble govern­ment all out­ranked same-sex mar­riage.

“With same-sex mar­riage it’s a case of how many peo­ple is it go­ing to af­fect, es­pe­cially eco­nom­i­cally,” said Galaxy Re­search manag­ing direc­tor David Briggs. “It’s not re­ally go­ing to have a di­rect im­pact on a lot of peo­ple.”

“What we are look­ing at here is a hip-pocket re­sponse,” Mr Briggs said. “En­ergy costs is the is­sue most likely to af­fect peo­ple. They are see­ing their bills in­crease and there seems to be no so­lu­tion in sight.”

Con­cern about en­ergy costs in­creased with age and was great­est among Coali­tion sup­port­ers. That be­ing said, more Green vot­ers and mil­len­ni­als in­cluded it on their pri­or­ity list than they did same-sex mar­riage.

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