Representative views: mass and elite opinion on Australian security

National security Australia

Voter and candidate surveys since the 2004 federal election shed light on changing Australian attitudes to defence, national security, foreign policy and trade. On some issues, Australians are more divided than at any time since the Vietnam War, and opinions are more strongly held. Ian McAllister finds that a gap exists between the concerns and views of the political elite and those of the public. A summary of this report is available online.

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