Australian Social Attitudes: The First Report

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Australian Social Attitudes presents a fascinating insight into what Australians think about contemporary political and social issues. It draws on a veritable mine of data collected from the inaugural Australian Survey of Social Attitudes, conducted for the first time in mid 2003, and reflects the expressed opinions of a broad sample of some 4300 Australian adults. While selected at random, the respondents reflect the state by state distribution of the Australian population and are representative in terms of gender and age. In its analysis of the data Australian Social Attitudes draws on the latest social research from many of Australia's leading social scientists, including Michael Pusey, Mark Lyons and Jocelyn Pixley, to challenge conventional wisdoms about Australia, and assesses the impact of the Howard government on the attitudes and behaviour of Australians of all ages and social backgrounds.