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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 per cent of respondents to a Galaxy Research poll included energy costs; 48 per cent nominated terrorism and security and 46 per cent said housing affordability.
Just 16 per cent put same-sex marriage in their top three. Job security, education, the environment and stable government all outranked same-sex marriage.
The non-profit company behind the research, the Australian Futures Project, says while the findings are disturbing they show there is potential to convert the dissatisfaction into action. Today it launches “#WTF: What’s the Future, Australia?” – a push to get real people involved in tackling the country’s crunch topics.
Galaxy surveyed 1515 adults across the nation then weighted the results to reflect the Australian population.