Exploring the frozen continent: What Australians think of constitutional reform

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It is usually thought that, at best, the Australian public has little interest in constitutional reform or, at worst, is profoundly suspicious of it. A key reason for voter reluctance to countenance reform is the poor state of civics education in Australia, which has the consequence that voters are, understandably, fearful of changing what they do not understand. Previous opinion polls that have been conducted on constitutional reform have been of limited value in that they have focused on single issues and have not provided respondents with sufficient background information to enable them properly to evaluate what they are being asked. This book analyses the results of a representative survey of Australian voters in which respondents were given detailed background information explaining various constitutional reforms. The survey also differs from others in that it sought respondents? views on a wide range of reforms - relating to the electoral system, a Bill of rights, the accountability of government to Parliament, federalism and an Australian republic. Its results indicate that, when fully informed, more voters are likely to support constitutional reform than has previously been thought. The book also discusses how best such reforms for which there is widespread support can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFremantle, WA
PublisherVivid Publishing
Number of pages95
ISBN (Print)9781925171730
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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