Australians overwhelmingly believe politicians who lie, pork-barrel, or wrongly claim taxpayer money should quit, the ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey has revealed.
By Casey Briggs
Most Australians are of the view that their political representatives are dishonest, unaccountable and corrupt, according to the results from the representative, externally recruited survey panel.
Eighty-nine per cent of us agree that “most politicians in Australia will lie if they feel the truth will hurt them politically”.
But while we think politicians lie, that doesn’t mean we think it’s OK.
In fact, 94 per cent of us believe that a politician who is caught lying to the Australian people should resign their position.
- 94 per cent of us believe that a politician who is caught lying to the Australian people should resign their position
- About 9 in 10 Australians also believe the government should establish a federal corruption watchdog
- We think personal matters are less relevant, with only a small minority of us thinking a politician who cheats on their spouse is unfit for the job
The above is published the ABC, Wednesday 16 June 2021. Read the rest of the in-depth article here; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-16/australia-talks-when-should-politicians-resign/100217170
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