Sunday Territorian 21 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Sarah Cameron, political scientist at the school of social and political studies at the University of Sydney, said health and management of the economy were consistently rated as top issues of voter concern at election time. Covid-19 has increased the salience of health as an issue, Dr Cameron said. It has dominated the media for over a year and a half now, so you would expect health to be a higher priority than it would be in ordinary times. She cited another data set, the Australian Election Study, which showed 10 per cent of voters rated the environment as their No.1 issue of concern in the 2016 election. By 2019, that figure had risen to 21 per cent. She said younger voters up to 50 per cent of them rated environmental issues as their top concern, while older voters tended to be more concerned about health issues and management of the economy. With the major parties talking extensively about environmental issues mainly focused on renewable energies and transitioning away from fossil fuels the Ergo Strategy survey showed that environmentally motivated voters, including those in marginal and swing seats, nominated the protection of natural habitats (forests, rivers and natural bushland) as their main issue of concern, followed by better preparation and resources to fight bushfires. Increasing renewables came third and phasing out reliance on fossil fuels was sixth most important issue for environmentally motivated voters. The data shows those most interested in protecting the national environment were more likely to be aged 18-29 left-leaning female voters. Those most interested in renewable energy were also younger voters aged 18-29, left-leaning, likely to be living in a metropolitan area, and living in a double-income nochildren household. While 34 per cent of voters interested in protecting natural habitats were in households earning more than $100,000, that rate was slightly higher for those most interested in renewable energy, where 37 per cent of people were in households earning more than $100,000. While developing a nuclear power industry was of interest to environmentally motivated voters, it was still only ranked the ninth most important issue. But across all voters, nuclear power barely ranked, coming in as one of the least important issues, at 58th. Committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 was important to Greens voters but did not register strongly across the national survey results, coming in at 39th most important. The survey participants rated the need to protect Aus tralia from growing Chinese security and economic competition as their top global issue of importance. These voters tended to be aged over 50, retired and rightleaning. The voters second mostimportant global issue was a need for the federal government to take greater responsibility for quarantine something state and territory leaders have been urging. Voters ranked reaching netzero emissions by 2050 their third most pressing global issue. Coalition, undecided, marginal seat and swing seats voters all ranked China as their main global concern, and Labor voters prioritised netzero emissions. VOTERS are more concerned about health than the environment, worried about rising Chinese power and want to see more goods manufactured in Australia, a national survey shows. The survey of 4010 people for News Corp Australia has felt the pulse of the nation before an election likely to be held between March and May next year. It showed while health was overwhelmingly the major concern, hip-pocket concerns such as increasing the pension and lowering energy costs were also top-of-mind. Supporting Australianmade manufacturing came in as the third most important issue, possibly reflecting concerns about relying on imports for medical and other supplies, including vaccines, during the Covid-19 crisis. The survey also showed that while voters were concerned about the environment, they were more interested in protecting rivers and bushland than renewable energy. Increasing renewables was ranked the 15th most important issue out of 63 voter issues, immediately followed by rising security and economic competition from China. By comparison, protection of natural habitat such as rivers and bushland ranked sixth. The survey by Ergo Strategy was conducted over two weeks in September, before the climate conference in Glasgow and while Melbourne and Sydney were in Covid lockdown. It showed expanding Medicare to cover more services was the No.1 priority, followed by the provision of quality aged care and supporting Australian manufacturing. Support for mental health services was ranked fourth and was particularly strong among young people in Victoria, the most locked-down state followed by job creation and lowering unemployment. Coalition voters were more interested in supporting Australian manufacturing, while Labor voters were more interested in increasing Medicare coverage. Aussie-made and Medicare major priorities for voters ELLEN WHINNETT Corangamite voters Chris and Lyn Prescott are worried about China tensions. Picture: Jay Town AUSTRALIAS relationship with China and getting children back to a well-adjusted life are top of mind for voters who could swing the next federal election. Chris and Lynn Prescott, who live in the marginal Labor electorate of Corangamite, are concerned that Australia is taking its fight with the Chinese superpower too far. Mr Prescott felt China was getting very agitated with Australia and that Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not handled it well. He was wary of Chinas growing influence in the Pacific region but also concerned that being too adversarial with the economic superpower would be damaging. (The Prime Minister) probably needs to be aggressive but he has to tone it down as well, Mr Prescott said. I think theyll come back because they need a lot of our stuff but I think Morrison has to take a trip over there and bow and scrape a bit. Mr and Mrs Prescott also believed the withdrawal from a submarine deal with France had hurt Australias reputation on the world stage particularly after Mr Morrisons scuffle with French President Emmanuel Macron. I have family over in the UK and theyve given us a real ribbing about it, Mrs Prescott said. They both voted Liberal at the last election and said they were likely to do so again. CALEB BOND SUPERPOWER CONFLICT SOURCE OF ANXIETY ELECTION1 09 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS AVAILABLE! WATERFRONT.NT.GOV.AU
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