Aborige people are poised to make a dramatic shift in Australia’s national history as the country moves into a new era of economic growth, according to a survey.ABS/The Australian Financial Press is asking the public to identify the most important change they want to see in Australia.
Key points:The poll found Aboriginal people would be the future Australians would want to live inAboriginals make up more than 60 per cent of Australia’s populationAborige voters would be key to Australia’s future in a democracyThe survey of 1,000 Australians was commissioned by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Association (ATIPA) to ask Australians what their priorities for Australia’s economy were, and how they would make the country better.
“We’re very excited that Aboriginal people are on the front page of the Australian newspaper,” said ATIPA president David Lathrop.
“Aborigs need to be in the forefront of thinking about what’s happening in the country.”
Aboragians would be crucial to the country’s futureAs part of the survey, ATIPI polled 1,004 Australians from November 1 to December 31, with a margin of error of 2.4 per cent.
“This is a significant step towards making Australia a fairer place to live,” Mr Lathrot said.
“If we can get more people to say, ‘Look, we have a stake in Australia, we want a future for our children and grandchildren, and we want the best for our nation’,” he said.
The poll also found Aboriginal voters would make up the bulk of the electorate.
“One in three of us is Aboriginal,” said David Gollop, president of the Aboriginal Community Services Council of Australia.
“So, we are the most significant voters in this country.”
The survey also found that a majority of Aboriginal people, 54 per cent, said the next government would make “important changes” in Australia if elected.
“The most important thing that will happen is that the next Prime Minister will be Aboriginal,” Mr Gollip said.
“I don’t want to say ‘they’ because I don’t know who they are.”
The poll, which was conducted between November and December, also found about one in five Australians, or 20 per cent people, said they would be voting for an Aboriginal person as a “senior politician”.
That figure is up from 19 per cent in the first poll in 2013.
In the poll, only 28 per cent said they were “not at all” interested in a politician who was Aboriginal.
“I don the way it’s happening,” Mr Chalk said.
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