Survey will now be held 

  • first Monday of each month
  • include demographics
  • more detailed analysis

*UPDATE* Returning November 2014!! *UPDATE*


S.5 - 14 JULY 2014


Results are here:

What advances Indigenous issues more:

Conventional media or social media ?

(Please tick one option.)

Comments welcome below.


Conventional media  9.09%
Social media  81.82%
None  9.09%
Other  0.00%

  • I think social media has more reach. And the original voice is not analysed before it gets heard, even if it is afterwards.
  • If told from Indigenous POV
  • Conventional media has already proven it's incapability at accurately delivering information on indigenous issues. I feel like the only truly accurate information will come from indigenous people themselves who are actually experiencing said issues.
The term 'assimilated' is being more frequently used in debates about Indigenous people.
When using the term 'assimilated' to describe an Indigenous person, is the word ...
(Please tick yes,  no or sometimes to each option below).

Comments are welcome below.


used as an insult?   
Yes... 44.4 %
No ...  0.00 %
Sometimes ...  55.6%

okay to use as an insult? 
Yes ... 0.00 %           
No ...  88.8 % 
Sometimes ... 11.2%

Yes ... 77.7 %                        
No ...   0.00 % 
Sometimes ... 22.3%

I have no opinion.                                 
Yes ... 0.00 %
No ... 60 %
Sometimes ... 40 %


  • I think people don't know it's an insult, so they're not using it as an insult, even though it is insulting. Hopefully people realise, apologise and stop.
  • Some assimilation has occurred and it's something to be mourned. Cultures and languages lost are not a good thing.

Q. 3

How do you test whether a person is assimilated?  

What are the signs that an Indigenous person is assimilated?

(Tick all the options you agree with).

Comments are welcome.


How they talk.           11  %

Where they live.         0 %

By their education.     0 %

By their job.               0 %

By their appearance, skin colour, eye colour.  0 %

I have no way of knowing if another person is assimilated. 89%

  • Knowledge and participation of their indigenous culture and language and willingness to embrace it. It's not something you can tell unless you get to know a person. For example my people often wore turbans, bandolier bags, brightly coloured ribbon shirts and dresses. But because of the dominating society I cannot wear these items to work. It does upset me that I don't have these items and wear them when I can or at powwows.
Q. 4
Which do you support?
Please tick one.
Comments welcome below.


Treaty ... 11 %

Constitutional recognition ... 0.00%

Both - constitutional recognition and reform, and a treaty.        ... 89%

  • I think both are important. It is like a policy document and a procedure. One is intent, one is how you carry out that intent.



S.4  ~ 7 JULY 2014


Results are here:

Q 1
What is the best topping for a hot, buttered johnny cake?

Comments are welcome.


Vegemite … 0.00% 
Golden syrup … 50.00%
I have never had a johnny cake … 34.62% 
I can't decide … 15.38% 


  • Or molasses if you can steal some from the stables
  • Never had one but I've read about yours and I reckon honey might be perfect 
  • Listening to Siv Parker's tweetyarn ... so soon I'll know!
  • I'm Canadian, so not sure, but chocolate is pretty awesome with everything.
  • Ha ha I can't decide - depends on my mood lol. Probably golden syrup in winter but mostly Vegemite other times and sometimes just butter lol
  • Honey or fruit.

Q. 2
Who do you think NAIDOC Week is for?

Comments welcome below.


School kids, teachers and parents … 0.00% 
Aboriginal people … 7.69% 
Everyone … 84.62% 
None of these answers suit …7.69% 


  • It's opportunity for education but it's primarily for Aboriginal people to celebrate contribution, country, culture and hopefully recognise the potential for greater peaceful co-existence.
  • Politicians who want to tick a box
  • If we don't learn about each other, we won't learn to love each other. IDIC
  • it is our week to shine and celebrate our achievements but make sure the white are educated on it

Q. 3
What NAIDOC Week activities do you look forward to most?
If you do not or are unable to participate - which activity interests you the most?

Comments are welcome.


Art exhibition … 4.00% 
Storytelling and local history … 40.00%
Street march … 0.00% 
Music concert … 4.00% 
Land care and local walks … 0.00% 
School event … 0.00% 
All of the above … 44.00%
None of the above … 8.00% 


  • Australia and New Zealand are the only places, on my bucket list.
  • Musgrave Park [Brisbane, Queensland]
  • Traditional community events. The Ball!
  • Would have liked option to choose 2-3
  • Opening Ceremony

Q. 4
Should there be a national monument to Indigenous Australians who fought in the Frontier Wars? 

Comments are welcome.


Yes … 73.08% 
No … 0.00%
I need more information to have an opinion … 11.54% 


  • Yes and it should be where the tent embassy stands in Canberra.
  • Altho I don't really want anymore glorification of war!
  • If they want that, I that it would be great.
  • Yes, though I'm a bit over Monumentalism


S3. 30 JUNE 2014


Thankyou very much to everyone who participated in this week's survey - and many thanks for all the RTs.

2014 NAIDOC theme is 'Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond'.

Theme description is from the NAIDOC website here 

Q 1.
"This year’s NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence ‘of country’.
From our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe." 
Do you think there should be an official national day for the 'frontier wars'?

Comments are welcome.

Yes                                                             66 %

No                                                               3 %

I do not know enough about the                   31 %
frontier wars’ to have an opinion.

  • Cannot be ignored
  • Nor should there be an Australia Day
  • Though I suspect my answer will change to yes once I have read up on it.
  • If there was one, it should be on Jan 26
  • But why celebrate participation in wars for the empire?

Q 2.

Given your current level of knowledge, would you like to know more about the 'frontier wars'.

Comments are welcome.

Yes                                                             91 %

No                                                                3 %

I don’t know what they are so                        6 %
cannot comment on this question.

  • have a good appreciation
  • I am well informed about them but I think they should be included in school curriculum.
  • Always want to know more.

Q 3.
Will you be taking part in any NAIDOC events, activities or other way of acknowledging of this week?

Comments welcome below.

Yes                                                        47 %

No, I chose not to.                                  15 %

No, I don’t know what NAIDOC means.     6 %

No, I would like to, but don’t know how.    32 %

  • Bit busy looking after disabled daughter
  • Through my children's school
  • I will need to scout around for events.
  • Assuming the local event is happening again.
  • Through work and with family.
  • I'm disturbed by the celebration of imperialist militarism - ie Anzac 100 years lies and propaganda. 

Q 4.
Indigenous people have served in every military conflict that Australia has been involved in since the Boer War (1899-1902). [AIATSIS website is here.]

With your current level of knowledge, were you aware of this? 

Comments are welcome.

Yes                                                            61 %

I had no knowledge of this.                           3 %

Vaguely aware,                                           36 %

  • Should be more widely known.
  • Didn't know about the Boer War.
  • Assimilation is a tragic thing.
  • I only know what I've gleaned from twitter.



S2. 23 JUNE 2014 
4 Q'S on Racism & Media

Thankyou very much to everyone who participated in this week's survey - and many thanks for all the RTs.

The guests booked for the night interest you and the venue is convenient... 

Question: Would you buy a ticket to be a member of a live studio audience for Q & A?

Comments welcome below.

Yes       28.26%
No         58.70%
I don't watch this show     13.04%


§      Both "No" and "I don't watch this show" are valid for me.
§      $15. It's ABC, so I support it, but not an overpriced ticket.
§      $30
§      Ability to pay should not prevent ability to participate/attend. I've had the opportunity to attend (for free) previously, and would hope it would remain free for others.
§      Not worth the money 
§      $50
§      $20
§      It would add nothing to seeing it on TV
§      $20
§      $20.00


On a daily basis... 
Question:  Where do you get information about Australia's Indigenous people? 
Comments welcome below.
Response choices in the following situations: 'none, some or all'.

  • Personal contact (family & friends)
  • Work or education 
  • Social media - interacting
  • Social media - observing

Social media was the clear winner here. The survey is not currently seeking any data that could be identifying, in a deliberate decision – subject to review – because of a concern that this could prove a deterrent to participation.

Respondents indicated the source for most of their information about Indigenous people on a daily basis was by personal contacts (family and friends). A third of the total amount of people who completed this question answered they get all their information about Indigenous people from personal contact with family and friends.
The highest figures were recorded in social media (reading), though was only marginally higher than social media (interacting).
Respondents indicated that the place they were least likely to get information about Indigenous people was in a work or education setting.


§      We're fortunate to live next door to a indigenous language scholar and have members of the family who are indigenous (by marriage). Outside SBS we see very little indigenous news; so I hear most of it via social media such as Twitter via @IndigenousX, @SivParker, @TheKooriWoman.
§      Studied Indigenous history at uni.
§      I work in public health so primarily from VACCHO and NACCHO and the Indigenous Health InfoNet at ECU and the Lowitja Institute. I've learned not to trust any source of information that talks about Aboriginal people generally and doesn't identify who, where, when, and how they were asked, consulted or involved. I've done literature reviews on 'what works' and found review papers that searched the literature and aggregated findings across Indigenous peoples from all different countries, as if 'Indigenous' is a species.
§      Performing arts as well, especially theatre.


Q. 3
You are a passenger on public transport (bus or train).One of the passengers begins yelling racist abuse at another passenger. It is loud, continues for minutes and you do not know if it will turn into a dangerous situation.

What do you do? 
Answer Choices & Responses

.  Secretly film the incident and post on social media.  2.50%

.  Show you are recording the incident.  12.50%

. Intervene/support... approach & sit near the victim.  37.50%

.  Intervene verbally.         42.50%

. Do nothing or none of the above.         5.00%

§      Have done so before.
§      Ironically, I think I would be more likely to intervene if the situation turned physical than if it was "just" verbal. :-\
§      Would also film it, openly.
§      Film, and hand to police, rather than post.
§      Intervene by approaching the passenger and asking them to stop yelling. If abuse continues I would dial 000, report the incident and give number of bus route and driver ID number
§      I used to hold back from this because I have my own paralysing history of being abused on buses for being gay. I can't do it any more, because I get off the bus feeling sick at my own inaction. I'll now inform the driver and then tell the person involved I'm calling the police.
§      I genuinely hope I'd intervene, but if I believe this would put me in physical danger, I can't be sure.
§      I'd intervene verbally by saying that behaviour is unacceptable and place myself between victim and perpetrator, as I've been trained to do in conflict management.
§      I would show I was recording and intervene verbally.
§      Would probably record also, option 2, if possible.
§      Recent horrible incidents and discussion on twitter has helped me decide this.
§      I'd also call the train security & alert them to board the train at the next stop. I might sit next to the person as a show of support if the perpetrators were female & I thought I could protect myself.
§      I'd probably intervene verbally as well, cos usually speak out.
§      Assuming there is not a group with the shouter. I am more likely to ask the driver to intervene.


You are a passenger on public transport (bus or train).One of the other passengers begins to abuse you - with racist, sexist or other discriminatory language - based on your appearance. How would you like the other passengers, witnessing the incident, to respond?

Answer Choices & Responses

Secretly ... take your photo or film the incident.         2.50%

Show... they are recording the incident.         5.00%

Intervene standing beside you/showing support.         42.50%

Intervene verbally.         42.50%

Do nothing.         7.50%

    §      When people don't intervene it feels like they agree with the   
§      As well as verbally intervene
§      Would also appreciate them showing they are recording the incident.
§      Non verbal support or verbal support focusing on the victim (rather than confronting the perpetrator) can be very powerful and less likely to escalate the situation.
§      I'd like someone to me & speak up for me too.
§      I am more likely to respond on my own behalf. Again assuming the lunatic is not in a group.



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