Our hip pock­ets hurt­ing

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - JOHN ROLFE

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.

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