The “Australian Survey of Social Attitudes”:http://assda224-100.anu.edu.au/nesstarlight/index.jsp has published a database of frequency tables for answers to their 2003 attitude survey on a variety of topics. The survey shows Australians to be (along with other tendencies) xenophobic about investment, apprehensive about foreign competiton for jobs and more than a little protectionist. But they are equally avid import consumers. I’m tempted to say: ‘no news there…’. WTO is influential, according to the survey. But not in a positive way, it seems. The rest of this post contains some pictures of the frequency tabulations (for which I did not find a copyright at the ASSDA site). I am endebted to “Andrew Norton”:http://www.badanalysis.com/catallaxy/archives/000165.html’s story on attitudes to same-sex parenting for the link to this intriguing resource.
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher