More 'relaxed and comfortable': public opinion on immigration under Howard

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In the last two years, polled opinion on immigration has shifted; whereas earlier surveys indicated that most Australians thought the migrant intake too high. Surveys taken after the 1998 election and 1999 referendum point to a public which is more evenly divided. This paper sets out the evidence jar this shift and defends its validity: it points to possible reasons for the change; and it explores the relationship between policy-making and public opinion on immigration pursuing the implications for opponents of immigration who seek to base their case for lower population growth on opinion poll data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-60
Number of pages15
JournalPeople and place
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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