“Get up” gears up for green push

24 01 2008

A good news story.
Many people, including myself, were a little surprised to see a grassroots, progressive political movement develop during the last couple of years in the lead up to the 2007 Australian Federal Election.  After incubating on the internet, Get up organisation grew into a significant force out there in the electorates. It attracted a remarkably diverse demographic.
Get up has just completed a national survey of its membership to establish three key areas that they believe parliament should focus on.  Lucky for me, the outcome is pretty close to how I voted, though perhaps I would rate media diversity and strengthening our democracy a little higher.

# Goal top 3 very imp. imp. not imp. mean
1 Becoming environmentally sustainable (e.g. climate change, water, forests, marine habitats) 71.1 25.1 3.4 0.3 3.67
2 Making high-quality primary, secondary, and tertiary public education accessible to all Australians 41.5 49.6 8.5 0.4 3.32
3 Respecting the rights and improving the living standards of Indigenous Australians 35.0 50.0 13.4 1.6 3.18
4 Making high-quality, prevention-focused health care accessible to all 33.0 55.7 11.0 0.4 3.21
5 Combating entrenched poverty and narrowing the divide between the rich and the poor 24.1 55.2 18.4 1.3 3.03
6 Withdrawing troops from Iraq and urging the USA to change its approach to the ‘war on terror’ 22.8 55.1 19.3 2.8 2.98
7 Protecting our human rights and civil liberties (e.g. Bill of Rights, anti-terror laws, same-sex rights) 22.6 53.1 21.8 2.5 2.96
8 Improving community infrastructure and planning (e.g. public transport) 17.7 57.1 24.1 1.1 2.92
9 Protecting workers’ rights (e.g. WorkChoices) 17.1 57.8 23.4 1.7 2.9
10 Strengthening our democracy (e.g. government accountability, democratic participation) 16.9 53.7 27.5 1.8 2.86
11 Reforming refugee policy (e.g., ending mandatory detention) 15.8 57.1 22.4 4.8 2.84
12 Supporting and empowering the elderly, the mentally ill, people with disabilities, and their carers 11.5 56.6 30.6 1.3 2.78
13 Becoming a good global citizen (e.g. overseas aid, UN, global poverty) 11.5 54.4 31.3 2.8 2.75
14 Remaining nuclear-free and stopping uranium exports 19.7 44.9 23.1 12.3 2.72
15 Ensuring Australians’ access to diverse information and media (e.g. affordable broadband, ABC/SBS) 7.8 46.9 41.3 4.0 2.59
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