|ACM's lonely struggle|
|Written by ACM|
|Sunday, 24 June 2012|
It seems our concern about education in civics is justified. As is ACM's decision - almost alone among organisations - to do something serious about civics education.
The Institute concludes some Australians are surprisingly blasé about democracy.
Presented with three statements about democracy and asked to say ‘which one of the three statements comes closest to your own personal views about democracy’, just 60% of Australians say ‘democracy is preferable to any other kind of government’. A quarter (23%) of Australians say ‘in some circumstances, a non-democratic government can be preferable’, more than Indonesians (16%) but a similar proportion as in Fiji (25%).
Fifteen per cent of Australians say ‘for someone like me, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have’, with a quarter (23%) of 18 to 29 year olds holding this view.
Readers will recall that this is similar to the number who support our constitutional monarchy.
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