Gillard government released an issues paper in late 2010 that considered matters relating to the formulation of ďA Sustainable Population Strategy for AustraliaĒ. The Federal government called on interested parties to make submissions in response to the issues paper.

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Jane Nathanís presentation to the Property Council of Australia (August 2010)

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Apop Article for Sustainability Magazine (January 2010)

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Social Cohesion in Australia 2011

The Scanlon Foundation and The Australian Multicultural Foundation have just released the 2011 ‘Mapping Social Cohesion Report’ - Australia’s largest study into the key issues shaping our nation’s level of social harmony.
The fourth round of the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion survey was administered in June/July 2011 to over 2000 respondents. The survey findings are available for download at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mapping-population/. The site also includes Fact Sheets on key issues.
This fourth Scanlon Foundation survey builds on the knowledge gained in the three earlier Scanlon Foundation surveys conducted in 2007, 2009 and 2010 to provide a broad insight into Australian attitudes at a time of widespread discussion of immigration issues. The Scanlon Foundation surveys represent the most comprehensive surveying ever undertaken of Australian attitudes on social cohesion and immigration issues.
A key overview of the state of social cohesion in the Australian community is provided by the Scanlon- Monash Index of Social Cohesion (SMI), a nominal index of the five key domains of social cohesion as indicated in the following extracted Table 2 from the Report. In 2011 minor changes were recorded in four of the domains however there has been a sharp decline over the course of the surveys in the fifth domain of acceptance/rejection.
 

 

2007
Index

2009
Index

2010
Index

2011
Index

Change
2010–11 (percentage points)

Direction of change

  1. Sense of belonging

100

96.9

95.0

96.6

+1.6

Higher

  1. Sense of worth

100

97.2

96.7

96.5

-0.2

Lower

  1. Social justice and equity

100

112.4

91.9

94.4

+2.4

Higher

  1. Participation

100

105.3

98.0

106.4

+8.4

Higher

  1. Acceptance (rejection)

100

94.4

81.5

75.3

-6.2

Lower

Average

100

101.2

92.6

93.8

+1.2

Higher

 

A wealth of important detail can be found in the 2011 report, which builds on the knowledge gained through the Foundation’s 2007, 2009 and 2010 surveys.

If you would like to discuss the research in more detail contact can be made with Andrew Markus at Andrew.Markus@monash.edu