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People and parliamentarians: the great divide

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posted on 04.05.2017, 03:57 by Betts, Katharine
Most candidates for federal elections hold values on economic and social questions that are unlike those of most voters. However, Coalition candidates are much closer to the people who vote for them than Labor candidates are to Labor voters. Labor’s electoral base is divided between a relatively small number of new-class social professionals and a relatively large number of people in traditional working-class occupations. These two groups often hold different values on political questions, such as border control, the size of the immigration program, cultural pluralism and so on. Labor candidates in federal elections are more likely to sympathise with the social professionals’ values than with those of their traditional supporters. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 12, no. 2 (2004), p. 64-83. ISSN 1039-4788