Most Australians believe that climate change poses a critical threat to the vital interests of Australia in the next ten years, according to the 2018 Lowy Institute Poll.
Their survey of 1200 adults asked about the perceived level of threat of 11 possible threats.
Equal number one threats were international terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear program, which were perceived t be a critical threat by 66% of respondents.
Number three was climate change, 58%.
Number four was cyberattacks from other countries, 57%.
Number five was a severe downturn in the global economy, 50%
The other possible threats were perceived as critical by less than 50% of respondents.
Number nine was large numbers of immigrants and refugees coming into Australia, which was perceived to be a critical threat by 40% of respondents.
Discussion and action about the issue of climate change seems to be a lower priority for the federal government than the global economy and immigrants and refugees – at variance with the priorities of the general public.