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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4967

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 June 2009:

With reference to the department’s publication Looking Over the Horizon: Australians Consider Defence, dated December 2008, in which the Defence White Paper Community Consultation Panel on page 28 refers to research commissioned in June 2008 and polling data collected in July 2008:

(a)   is the research the June 2008 report Urbis Community Attitudes to Defence: Final Report which is based on research compiled from January to March 2008; if not: (i) can the research finding that revealed that support for increased defence expenditure has fallen from 75 per cent in 2000 to 30 per cent in June 2008 be provided, or (ii) can the name, date and source of this research be provided; and

(b)   can the polling data be provided; if not, can the date of the polling and the company undertaking the polling be provided.

Senator Faulkner (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(a)   Yes

(b)   The data from polling conducted by Urbis from January to March 2008 is available in Appendix A of Community Attitudes to Defence: Final Report (Urbis, June 2008). This was tabled by Mr Michael Pezzullo at the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee Estimates on 4 June 2009.