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GetUp’s pulp mill poll carries warning for Australian future.

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I’m not much for analysing polls, though I certainly admire the astuteness of those who are able to do so in meaningful ways. Citizen lobby group GetUp has just taken this poll looking at Australian attitudes to the ongoing clusterf&%k that is the Gunns would-be pulp mill project in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley.

GetUp! Poll
Conducted by Essential Research between the 10th – 15th June 2008
n=1019 adults 18+

Q: The recent resignation of the Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon and the decision by the ANZ Bank to withdraw its involvement from Gunns proposed pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley has resulted in more debate on this issue. Do you personally support the building of the pulp mill or oppose the building of the pulp mill?

Support Oppose
TOTAL 39% 61%
Male 45 55
Female 34 66
ALP voter 35 65
Liberal/National voter 48 52
Green voter 21 79
Other/Independent voter 35 65
18-24 44 56
25-34 38 62
35-49 39 61
50+ 38 62

Interestingly, this survey result shows the opposite of what might be expected based on common assumptions about age and conservatism of attitudes. Namely, rather than 50+ year olds being more conservative in their politics and trusting of corporations than 18-24 year olds the opposite is true. 62% of over 50-year olds across Australia oppose the mill, while only 55% of the should-be more radical and more aware 18-24 crowd reject it.

To me, this says one thing very clearly. Basically, if you were aged from 6 to 12 years old when John Howard came to power, then your experience of Australia, governance, and social values has been retarded by having not been properly exposed to life in a country with a social conscience in your formative years.

State governments – in Tassie and New South Wales at the very least – have done nothing to balance this retardation. Just as there are hundreds of thousands of Australians who buy Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera albums, it seems that we’re also awash in young Liberals who know too little to know any better.

Which explains how turd blossoms like Christopher Pyne were spawned, even if it is impossible to explain why.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

June 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm

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  1. I’m more puzzled by the 21% of “green voters” who support the mill….

    Bernice

    June 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm

  2. my guess is that these people have either been sucked in by the “clean, green mill value-adding to current exports without causing any additional impact on native forests and powered entirely by wind, sun and fairy dust” argument put by Gunns, or perhaps simply putting their faith in Peter Garrett’s endorsement because any endorsement by Peter Garrett should ideally be something that you can put your faith in.

    typingisnotactivism

    June 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  3. In which case, their right to vote and procreate should be withdrawn forthwith. Or perhaps that’s explains Mr Pyne…

    Bernice

    June 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm

  4. ouch – nasal twang of wounding….

    typingisnotactivism

    June 24, 2008 at 12:27 am


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