Support for Julian Assange

Jul 16, 2012

Q. Julian Assange faces extradition from the UK to Sweden for an investigation into sexual assault allegations. In Sweden he will be detained while the investigation continues, and he may be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s release of US diplomatic cables.

Do you think the Australian government has provided appropriate support to Assange given he faces investigation for sexual assault in Sweden and possible extradition to the US?

 

19 Mar 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Government have provided appropriate support

22%

28%

37%

30%

16%

Government have not provided appropriate support

36%

33%

34%

32%

42%

Don’t know

41%

38%

29%

38%

41%

33% (down 3% since March) believe that Julian Assange has not received appropriate support from the Australian Government and 28% (up 6%) think he has received appropriate support. 38% could not give an opinion.

39% of men think the Government has not provided appropriate support compared to 28% of women – mainly due the 47% of women who said they “don’t know”.  34% of respondents aged 18-34 think Julian Assange has not received appropriate support compared to 21% who think the Government has provided appropriate support.

Can we save Asia from asbestos?

Jun 5, 2012


Peter Jennings says over 100,000 people die each year from mesothelioma with two thirds of cases from South East Asia.

It seems unbelievable that it took so long to ban asbestos in Australia, decades after we knew about the dangers. Now it is banned in 51 countries with more joining each year. Yet Canada and Russia continue to export asbestos to developing countries where almost no protection systems exist. In fact, 80 per cent of the growth in asbestos is in South East Asia.

Peter Jennings of Union Aid Abroad — APHEDA tells 3Q about the agency’s work teaching Vietnamese factory workers how to protect themselves while continuing to lobby the Vietnamese Government to ban the toxic building material.

Vietnam imports tens of thousands of tonnes each year to produce cheap asbestos-cement roofing tiles and its continuing use is of international concern. (Read a Wikileaks cable from US embassy in Hanoi about asbestos concerns)

Workers in these factories handle asbestos with their bare hands and use nothing but paper masks at best. Their knowledge of the dangers is close to zero. Although Vietnam planned to ban all forms of asbestos several years ago, strong lobbying from the pro-asbestos forces mean it is still being used.

The agency is hoping for additional AusAID funding (on top of the donations it receives from unions and the public) to assist the mammoth task ahead in not just VIetnam but also bordering Laos.

Approval of Wikileaks

Mar 19, 2012

Q. The online organisation Wikileaks, which is headed by the Australian Julian Assange, has released diplomatic material leaked to it by an American source.  It has also provided this material to other media which have also published information about the leaks. Do you approve or disapprove of Wikileaks and media outlets releasing this material?

 

20 Dec 2010

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

53%

53%

55%

51%

80%

Total disapprove

25%

26%

30%

30%

5%

Strongly approve

20%

20%

21%

18%

32%

Approve

33%

33%

40%

30%

38%

Disapprove

14%

18%

16%

21%

13%

Strongly disapprove

11%

8%

6%

10%

5%

Don’t know

22%

22%

17%

20%

12%

Approval of Wikileaks release of leaked information remains unchanged since this question was asked over 12 months ago. 53% approve of Wikileaks activities and 26% disapprove.

80% of Greens voters approve compared to 55% of Labor voters and 51% of Liberal/National voters.

60% of men approve and 22% disapprove while women split 45% approve/30% disapprove. Younger respondents (aged 18-34) are also more likely to approve – 61% approve and 16% disapprove.

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Support for Julian Assange

Mar 19, 2012

Q. Julian Assange faces extradition from the UK to Sweden for an investigation into sexual assault allegations. In Sweden he will be detained while the investigation continues, and he may be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to WikiLeaks’s release of US diplomatic cables.

Do you think the Australian government has provided appropriate support to Assange given he faces investigation for sexual assault in Sweden and possible extradition to the US?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

NSW

Vic

Qld

Government have provided appropriate support

22%

26%

26%

14%

21%

23%

21%

Government have not provided appropriate support

36%

34%

35%

53%

36%

38%

33%

Don’t know

41%

40%

39%

33%

43%

39%

46%

36% believe that Julian Assange has received appropriate support from the Australian Government and 22% think he has received appropriate support. 41% could not give an opinion.

47% of men think the Government has not provided appropriate support compared to 26% of women – mainly due the 53% of women who said they “don’t know”. Despite the their higher approval of Wikileaks, only 33% of respondents aged 18-34 think Julian Assange has not received appropriate support.

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Wikileaks – Release of Material

Dec 20, 2010

Q. The online organisation Wikileaks, which is headed by the Australian Julian Assange, has released diplomatic material leaked to it by an American source.  It has also provided this material to other media which have also published information about the leaks. Do you approve or disapprove of Wikileaks and media outlets releasing this material?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 53% 55% 51% 80%
Total disapprove 25% 30% 30% 5%
Strongly approve 20% 21% 17% 35%
Approve 33% 34% 34% 45%
Disapprove 14% 16% 18% 3%
Strongly disapprove 11% 14% 12% 2%
Don’t know 22% 16% 19% 15%

53% approve Wikileaks and other media outlets releasing leaked US diplomatic material and 25% disapprove – 22% do not have an opinion.  There was majority approval from supporters of each major party.

There was also majority approval from all age groups – aged under 35 54% approve/17% disapprove, aged 35-54 51% approve/26% disapprove, aged 55+ 56% apperove/34% disapprove.

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Wikileaks – Australian Government Response

Dec 20, 2010

Q. The Australian Government has condemned the release of the Wikileaks material and the Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called it “grossly irresponsible” and “illegal”. Do you approve or disapprove of the response of the Prime Minister and the Australian Government to the publication of the Wikileaks material?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 32% 45% 28% 17%
Total disapprove 46% 38% 54% 66%
Strongly approve 11% 18% 8% 1%
Approve 21% 27% 20% 16%
Disapprove 27% 24% 31% 32%
Strongly disapprove 19% 14% 23% 34%
Don’t know 21% 17% 17% 17%

46% disapprove of the Australian Government’s response to the publication of the Wikileaks material and 32% approve – 21% have no opinion. A majority of Coalition (54%) and Greens voters (66%) disapproved while Labor voters were more likely to approve (45%/38%).

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Wikileaks – Australian Government Support for Julian Assange

Dec 20, 2010

Q. The US Government is reportedly intending to lay charges against Julian Assange as head of Wikileaks. Should Julian Assange receive support and assistance from the Australian Government if he is charged with an offence by the US or another country?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should receive support and assistance 50% 52% 50% 76%
Should not receive support and assistance 26% 29% 27% 14%
Don’t know 24% 19% 23% 10%

50% believe that Julian Assange should receive support and assistance from the Australian Government if he is charged with an offence by the US or another country and 26% think he should not – 24% have no opinion. A majority of voters for each of the major parties believed that Government support should be given.

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