Concern about non-traditional security threats appears to have eclipsed that of traditional security threats for Australians in 2020. COVID-19 and ‘drought and water shortages’ are seen as the top threats to Australia’s vital interests in the next ten years. Traditional threats such as international terrorism and Iran's nuclear program have moved from the forefront of the Australian public's mind, whereas concern about 'a severe downturn in the global economy' has risen by 20 points, with 71% saying that it poses a critical threat. Following the bushfire crisis over the Australian summer, six in ten Australians see 'environmental disasters such as bushfires and floods' (67%) and climate change (59%) as critical threats. Australians are feeling extremely anxious in 2020, with only 50% of the country saying they feel safe, a sizeable 28-point drop from 2018.
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Below is a list of possible threats to the vital interest of Australia in the next ten years. Do you see this as a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not an important threat at all?
There has been some discussion about the circumstances that might justify using Australian military forces in other parts of the world. Please give your opinion about the following situations. Would you personally be in favour or against the use of Australian military forces...
In response to China's increasing military activities in the South China Sea, the United States has been conducting freedom of navigation operations designed to ensure freedom of navigation in the region. Are you personally in favour or against Australia conducting similar operations in an effort to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea?
Now on the consular support the Australian government gives travellers when they encounter difficulty overseas. I am going to read out some statements other people have made about the consular support government gives to Australian travellers in difficulty overseas. For each one please say whether you personally agree or disagree...
In November 2011, the Australian Prime Minister and US President announced that up to 2,500 soldiers would be based in Darwin and Northern Australia on a rotating, but permanent basis. Are you personally in favour or against up to 2,500 US soldiers being based in Darwin? Is that strongly or somewhat?
What if China intervened to support North Korea against South Korea? Would you then personally be in favour or against Australia joining other allies like the United States in sending military forces to defend South Korea against North Korea and China?
Should Australia only export uranium to countries that have signed the global Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty?
If we believed that terrorists based in another country were going to launch an attack against Australia, and if the other country could not or would not take action to stop them, should we have the right to strike directly at the terrorists?