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Panpa Bulletin : August 2006
20 | PANPA bULLETIN august 2006 A recent series of eight McNair Gallup polls culminated in an investigation that shows that the key priorities for Australia are health, education and a range of environmental issues, includ- ing finding alternative sources of fresh water and energy, as well as family issues. However, the same poll found that the Federal Government rates poorly on many of these issues. With some exceptions, the popular perceptions of what is the general order of priorities for Australia tended to be similar in most states. Public health rated as the most important issue in all areas, closely followed by educa- tion (except in Tasmania). In third place were a set of related issues, depending on the particular situ- ation in each State. In most parts of Australia, the issue of finding new fresh water sources came as the third most important issue and amongst the top five issues were also 'the envi- ronment generally' and 'finding alternative energy sources'. Family issues tended to rate amongst the top issues, while the matter of fighting crime sat in the middle of the order of priorities. The McNair Gallup Poll asked respondents from across Aus- tralia to rate each of the issues on ascaleof1--10,where1was'not important' to them, and 10 was 'extremely important'. On aver- age, all the issues rated higher than a six, meaning that they were all regarded as important to some degree. Among the less important is- sues were immigration and inter- national issues. The McNair Gallup Poll found that in regional Australia, fam- ily issues and education rated 8.7, second only to public health. Public health rated a 9 on the importance scale of 1 to 10 in both NSW and Queensland, where funding and quality control issues have reached crisis point on several occasions, particularly in regional areas. According to the McNair Gal- lup Poll, after health and educa- tion, alternative energy and water sources are amongst the most im- portant issues facing us today. The poll also asked respond- ents to rate the gap between importance and performance rate of how well the Federal Gov- ernment was performing on this same list of issues. The government only rated above the midpoint of the scale (5.5) on five of the 15 issues. And while some individuals rated the Federal Government highly on some issues, the highest average score was a mediocre 6.3 out of 10, for national security. The poll clearly shows that many of the issues the Federal Government is performing best on, are not deemed to be the most important, while for many of the key issues, the Government is rated to be performing towards the poor end of the scale. Some of the lower importance scores may be the result of the fact the Government is perform- ing well in those areas. Since Sep- tember 11, Australia has not expe- rienced a major terror attack on our own soil, which in no doubt is a credit to the Government, and perhaps Australians take for granted the efforts of the Govern- ment in this area. The same goes for the economy and interest rates. The Australian economy has performed excep- tionally well and we have prob- ably forgotten the financial pain of very high interest rates or the strain of an economy in reces- sion. At the other end of the scale, it would appear that the Federal Government is too pre-occupied with international issues and our role in the region, and has failed to recognise that as a nation we are more locally focused on our children's future with health, edu- cation and the environment the top priorities. The key priorities for Australia are health, education and a range of environmental issues, including fnding alternative sources of fresh water and energy, as well as family issues. Polls are the perfect news item because they refect our concerns says Matt Balogh, publisher of the Mcnair Gallup Poll Polls are always great news YOU are on the 8.15am train from Wolli Creek to Bondi Junction. It is crowded and you trying to read The Sydney Morning Herald with- out annoying your fellow passen- gers. The guy opposite is reading The Daily Telegraph and he is having an easier time of it than you are, because of the smaller format. The fellow next to you takes a telephone/PDA from his pocket and you have seen that a thou- sand times before. Then he draws a scroll like screen out from the side, 10cm deep and 25cm wide. It lights up with a news story he programmed for delivery and he reads at a leisurely pace. You notice that it is scrolling as he reads. More than that, as he turns to talk to his colleague, the scroll- ing stops altogether. He closes the screen to make a telephone call and as he does so, the device has already bookmarked the spot where he stopped reading and will resume at that point whenever he chooses. Meanwhile in Auckland on the 7:45am from Ellerslie to New- market a young business woman pulls a wallet sized package from her handbag. She unfolds it to three times its depth and twice its width and it lights up with the Myer Direct Summer Sale catalogue. The device is about magazine- page size, soft and pliable, with a high resolution image. She had programmed this device to deliv- er the catalogue as soon as it was available and a vibration alerted her to its arrival. She scrolls through and locks onto a pair of Nina Ricci shoes on special at $99. A bargain for sure, so she checks to see they are available in Prussian Blue. They are, so she hits the Buy icon and the deal is done. Her credit card details and delivery ad- dress have been encrypted and lodged previously in her reader and are automatically sent. Two minutes later she receives an email thanking her for, and confirming her order,and tell- ing her precisely when the shoes will be delivered and providing her with a shipment tracking order. Sounds like 2050 to you perhaps? Try 2008 and you will be closer to the mark, because right now this technology already exists. What a brave new world the future is already here and people are using it successfully writes Trevor Colvin