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Religious Tolerance In Australia: Australian Attit


  1. The following snippet is interesting.

    http://www.humanrights.gov.au/racial_discrimination/media_guide/relig.html#anchor5033209

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    Religious Tolerance In Australia: Australian Attitudes To Islam.

    A 1995 study commissioned by the World Conference on Religion & Peace found that non-Muslim Australians are becoming more tolerant of Islam, although more than half of those surveyed said they would not want a Muslim as a member of the family. 24 per cent said they would have a Muslim friend and 15 per cent a neighbour.

    The survey repeated research conducted seven years earlier by the then Office of Multicultural Affairs, which found that only 9 per cent of non-Muslims would accept an Islamic family member, 15 per cent a friend and 16 per cent a neighbour.

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    Put into a more clearer form:

    Would you want a Muslim/Islamic as a member of your family?

    1988 - Yes - 9%

    1995 - Yes - 50% (less than)

    2002 - Yes - ?%


    Would you have a Muslim/Islamic as a friend?

    1988 - Yes - 15%

    1995 - Yes - 24%

    2002 - Yes - ?%


    Would you want a Muslim/Islamic as a neighbour? (presuming next door)

    1988 - Yes - 16%

    1995 - Yes - 15%

    2002 - Yes - ?%


    Interesting that Family & Friend had a sizeable increase but Neighbour showed a slight decrease.

    With 2002 being another 7 year period, it would be interesting to know what today's response would be.


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