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More 'relaxed and comfortable': public opinion on immigration under Howard

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posted on 04.05.2017, 05:38 authored by Goot, Murray
In the last two years, polled opinion on immigration has shifted; whereas earlier surveys indicated that most Australians thought the migrant intake too high, surveys taken after the 1998 election and 1999 referendum point to a public which is more evenly divided. This paper sets out the evidence for this shift and defends its validity; it points to possible reasons for the change; and it explores the relationship between policy-making and public opinion on immigration, pursuing the implications for opponents of immigration who seek to base their case for lower population growth on opinion-poll data. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 8, no. 3 (2000), p. 46-60. ISSN 1039-4788

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