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What do Australians want?

05 April 2016

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Professor Robert Costanza is a Chair in Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy. His research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address sustainability and well-being. He currently teaches Special Topics in Environmental Management and Development (EMDV8041).

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With national elections looming, Australians have the chance to voice their opinions and tell politicians, business and community leaders about the issues that really matter to them by taking part in a major national survey on the future of the nation.

Run by researchers from Crawford School, the Australia: Our Future, Your Voice survey is the first of its kind in the world, and will give Australians a choice of four different scenarios about the future direction of the nation.

“The aim of the survey is to support a national discussion on what Australians want their future to be and guide government, business, and community leaders,” said senior researcher Ian Chambers.

Professor Robert Costanza Crawford School said Australia was at a crossroads and key choices needed to be made about the country’s future.

“This is evident in the political, social, and economic debate leading up to the next federal election,” Professor Costanza said.

“Should we pursue an approach to our economy which continues to focus on economic growth, pursuing opportunities in the mining, energy and agriculture sectors? Or should we focus more on our environment and social well-being?

“Should we increase or decrease the role of government. Should we pursue a more free market economy or a more managed economy?

“These are important questions. But until now, no one has asked the Australian public what they want their country to look like in the future.”

The Australia: Our Future, Your Voice survey is available online between Thursday 31 March until Wednesday 20 April at

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