Australia is losing its place in the world because of its perceived lack of cultural identity, a survey of more than 1,000 Australians has found.
The findings show that the nation has lost its cultural identity largely because of an “achievement gap”, a new survey has found, as Australians are still struggling to adjust to their new economic realities.
The survey, commissioned by the National Association of Broadcasters and conducted by the consultancy firm Ipsos, found Australians were still unsure of what it meant to be Australian and their place in this country.
The results showed Australians were more likely to believe that Australia is culturally and politically diverse than they were in 2015, and less likely to say Australia was culturally and racially homogenous, the survey found.
In 2015, 76 per cent of Australians said they were confident that Australia was a multicultural society, compared to 60 per cent who said the same in 2017.
The National Association for Broadcasters said the results showed Australia needed to address the cultural and identity issues that have made it the most culturally diverse nation in the OECD.
“There are significant cultural and ethnic differences that impact on the way Australians think, talk and behave,” chief executive officer Chris Packham said.
“Australians need to stop worrying about the past and start thinking about the future.”
In a statement, Ipsos said the survey was based on “the most recent data available on attitudes towards multiculturalism in Australia”.
“It is clear that Australians have a deep-seated sense of identity, both in terms of being part of a national community and as a nation,” the statement said.
“But this sense of national identity has been eroded in recent years by a loss of identity and identity-related meaning.”
Our results suggest that this loss of meaning has had a significant impact on Australian society as a whole, and that this is reflected in the way we think, speak and behave.
“The survey also found that most Australians believed that Australian values were universal and the government was doing enough to tackle racism.”
While there was a decline in support for multiculturalism, support for “all Australians” remained strong.”
The survey finds that about four in five people think the country is headed in the right direction in addressing racism.”
While there was a decline in support for multiculturalism, support for “all Australians” remained strong.
About four in 10 Australians agreed that it was important that Australia “stand up for all Australians”, compared to a majority of nine in 10 in 2015.
But the survey also revealed that people were less supportive of the notion of multiculturalism.
The poll showed that just under half of people believed Australia was “truly multicultural”, with about one in three people agreeing that Australia’s multiculturalism was “too narrow”.
A majority of people also agreed that “it is important that we can be truly Australian and not be defined by our ethnic background”.
More than half of respondents also agreed “that Australia is a nation of immigrants”, with just under one in five agreeing that it should be “an open and tolerant nation”.