Journal article

New politics? The Mabo debate and public opinion on native title in Australia

GN Marks, P McDonell

International Journal of Public Opinion Research | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 1996

Abstract

The Australian High Court's decision on the Mabo case, allowing native title to Aboriginal Australians, became the major political issue during the second half of 1993. The Labor party's championing of this issue is suggestive of a fundamental change in Australian politics as predicted by 'new politics' theorists such as Ronald Inglehart. This paper examines the formation of opinions on the Mabo with particular reference to new politics. Several theoretical approaches to the formation of attitudes to political issues are examined. These comprise the new politics, political partisanship, nonattitudes, rational choice, attitudinal predispositions, and group socialization approaches. Little sup..

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