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Election and Democracy
Australia
Voter turnout in the national election91.0% (March 2019 or latest)
[1/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections6.10 (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes75.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign70.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions69.7% (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today7.03 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago7.40 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now6.26 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.50 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.08 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.80 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions3.63 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances5.84 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights5.58 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.35 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote3.76 (2014)
[25/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.51 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Politician
Australia
Number of total seats in the Parliament226 (2017)
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Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population9.37 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives150 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population6.22 (2017)
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% of seats held by women in national parliaments28.7% (2017)
[18/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)24.1% (2017)
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% of those who trust politicians39.0% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption20.7% (2016)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest46.6% (2014)
[19/26countries]
Political party and organization
Australia
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics19.3% (2014)
[22/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices61.3% (2014)
[4/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party5.1% (2014)
[19/26countries]
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government10.6% (2016)
[18/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations3.86 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Parliament
Australia
% of those who have confidence in parliament59.6% (2008)
[10/30countries]
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election31.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law18.1% (2014)
[12/26countries]
Political awareness
Australia
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)78.8% (2016)
[3/24countries]
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)61.9% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left13.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is center45.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right21.1% (2014)
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Average of political position5.30 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers61.2% (2014)
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% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day23.5% (2014)
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% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper19.4% (2014)
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% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day68.7% (2014)
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% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information5.9% (2014)
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% of those who watch political news on television every day39.9% (2014)
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% of those who never watch political news on television9.8% (2014)
[7/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day25.5% (2014)
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% of those who never listen to political news on the radio31.9% (2014)
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% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day18.8% (2014)
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% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information46.0% (2014)
[10/17countries]
% of those who have expressed political views on the internet18.7% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion31.5% (2014)
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% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country68.7% (2016)
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% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government11.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice59.2% (2016)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think55.0% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.92 (2014)
[4/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.81 (2014)
[7/26countries]
Political action
Australia
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law46.8% (2014)
[4/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views37.1% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity37.7% (2014)
[12/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition80.0% (2014)
[1/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more5.01 (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting23.2% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government92.7% (2016)
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% of those who have attended demonstrations24.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations74.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings48.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings17.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views57.6% (2016)
[19/25countries]
Government
Australia
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 61.0% (2010)
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Public officials
Australia
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older17.0% (2015)
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% of those who trust in civil servants33.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people71.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption55.4% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption18.1% (2016)
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% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years87.7% (2016)
[10/25countries]
Public finance
Australia
General government expenditure, % of GDP37.2% (2015)
[28/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP34.3% (2015)
[31/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-2.9% (2015)
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General government gross debt, % of GDP43.6% (2015)
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General government financial net worth (% of GDP)14.4% (2015)
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% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending58.0% (2016)
[13/25countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget4.38% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget4.92% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget10.14% (2016)
[14/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget2.55% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.65% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget19.84% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.03% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget14.62% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget27.38% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.56% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.75% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP3.61% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.91% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.59% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP7.06% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP0.72% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP5.20% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP9.74% (2016)
[29/32countries]
Tax
Australia
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates10.0% (2015)
[29/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)30.00% (2018)
[3/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)25 (2016)
[14/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)25.9% (2010)
[4/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)20.7% (2010)
[20/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)47.9% (2010)
[14/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes26.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes44.3% (2016)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes72.4% (2009)
[16/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.41 (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes70.9% (2016)
[18/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society53.5% (2016)
[10/25countries]
Social security
Australia
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)18.1% (2013)
[25/34countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions57.0% (2016)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old94.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old38.2% (2016)
[5/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people71.5% (2016)
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% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people6.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people10.0% (2016)
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% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people34.2% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people55.2% (2012)
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% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 35.1% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 27.8% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 5.1% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave26.0% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave6.0% (2012)
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% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave67.0% (2012)
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% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age2.2% (2012)
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% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age69.8% (2012)
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% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age28.1% (2012)
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% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age15.2% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor9.8% (2009)
[18/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it73.6% (2016)
[19/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.81 (2014)
[8/26countries]
Law and Justice
Australia
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free68.7% (2016)
[20/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)59.4% (2016)
[10/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations6.50 (2014)
[2/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts62.0% (2010)
[11/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)66.9% (2008)
[16/30countries]