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Only in Queensland? Coal mines and voting in the 2019 federal election

Tranter, B ORCID: 0000-0002-0649-6065 and Foxwell-Norton, K 2021 , 'Only in Queensland? Coal mines and voting in the 2019 federal election' , Environmental Sociology, vol. 7, no. 1 , 90–101 .

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Abstract

Australians are deeply divided over the prospect of new coal mines. Heated political debates at thefederal level between conservative Coalition governments and Labor and the Greens echo divisionsin public opinion. New data from the 2019 Comparative Study of Electoral Systems show thatalmost half of all Australians agree the government should allow the development of new coalmines, although substantial divisions in support are apparent on the basis of social background,political orientations and party identification. Our social and political background findings arealmost the mirror image of the correlates of accepting anthropogenic climate change. Statebaseddifferences are also apparent, with Queenslanders more likely than people in other statesto support the construction of new coal mines. Yet, while in regional Queensland voting decisionsmay have been influenced by the prospect of increased employment, in general, voting inQueensland does not appear to be associated strongly with attitudes toward new coal mines.Simplistic binaries of acting to ameliorate climate change versus supporting the fossil fuel industryfail to account for the complexity of Australians’ views on coal mining and carbon emissions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tranter, B and Foxwell-Norton, K
Keywords: coal mines, climate change, voting, Australia, party identification, survey
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Sociology
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2325-1042
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