|Who gets the biggest slice?|
Some interesting statistics are mentioned in The Australian 2002-12-28-p6,
which explores the relationship between country of birth and voting choice.
- 47% of Australian-born citizens voted for the Coalition in the 2001
- 37% of migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds voted for
- Voting patterns from Britain, New Zealand and Ireland
migrants closely resembled those of Australian born citizens.
- The ALP holds 17 of the top 20 most 'multicultural' electorates
('multiculturalism is the percentage of voters born overseas).
Migrants from non-English speaking countries,
apparently favor a government which hands out
more welfare. This is certainly consistent with the notion that many of these
people come to Australia not to produce, but merely to take advantage of the welfare system.
The article also explores education level, claiming
- 38% of Australian-born voters with a bachelor degree voted coalition.
- 54% of Australian-born voters with a trade qualification voted coalition.
The ALP has tried to sell itself as both the defender of the working
classes and also the defenders of minority groups (such
Instead they appear to be appealing to the the intellectual elites
and the migrants.
But it's hard to know whether the kind of people who go to university are changed by
their experience, or whether they were that way inclined to start with.
Maybe these people have just been educated beyond their intelligence, or educated
out of common sense and into stupidity.