Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Young Australians wouldn’t stay and fight, IPA poll finds

Most young people would flee rather than stay and fight if Australia were in the same situation as Ukraine, confusing new polls.

Most young people would flee rather than stay and fight if Australia were in the same situation as Ukraine, according to a new poll.

A veteran says the disturbing discovery shows a lack of “higher purpose” that holds the country together.

“I think it shows that our younger generations don’t feel emotionally invested enough in our country – in our plan for the future and their part in that plan,” the retired officer told news.com.au Heston Russell.

“Military Planning 101 involves so many people in the planning process so that they make an emotional connection to the plan, own it, and are ready to fight for it.”

The survey of 1,000 Australians, commissioned by the conservative Institute of Public Affairs think tank and undertaken by research firm Dynata late last month, asked respondents: ‘If Australia were in the same position as Ukraine is now, would you stay and fight, or would you leave? the country?”

Overall, 46% said they would stay and fight and 28% said they would leave the country, but younger respondents were more likely to say they would leave.

Only 32% of 18-24 year olds said they would stay and 40% said they would leave, and 35% of 25-34 year olds said they would stay while 38% said they would leave.

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“Following years of relentless attacks on our values ​​by cultural and media elites, young Australians are now so ashamed of themselves and their country that they would rather flee Australia than stay and to fight back if the need arises,” said IPA research director Daniel. Wild said in a statement.

“The negative view and self-loathing of Australian history and culture imposed on school and university students means that today barely a third of young Australians think Australia is even worth visiting. to beat.”

Mr Russell, 36, a candidate for parliament under his Australian Values ​​Party, said there had been a ‘huge cultural shift’ over the past two decades and young people were no longer getting ‘that national inspiration’.

He said Australia had strong national unity after World War II and major focal points like the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but “unfortunately Australian culture where we used to celebrate those who went out to fight our wars” or sporting icons like the Wallabies had been eroded.

“During my time in the military, when there is no war outside the wire, the battle comes inside,” he said.

“When there is no reason to unite people, we too often turn against each other. Over the past couple of years, we’ve had states separating families, everyone attacking each other on the basis of superficialities.

The former November platoon commander, who last month won an apology from the ABC for reporting his unit was involved in war crimes in Afghanistan, added that the Australian military had been “roughly desecrated by the media”.

“First, we lack leaders, but second, our culture (has turned to) reducing people – we’re not here to motivate each other and uplift each other,” he said. declared.

The IPA survey also asked whether, “given the conflict in Ukraine and the growing rivalry between countries in our region, the federal government should do more to teach school children to be proud of the history of the Australia”.

Sixty-three percent agreed, while only 12 percent disagreed.

“Traditional Australians understand their nation to be a force for good in the world and the results show they want future generations to be proud of our achievements, rather than constantly berated and shamed by the vocal minority of elites. “said Mr. Wild.

“The deception that forms the basis of the national education curriculum must be replaced with the truth that Australia is one of the most tolerant, free and democratic nations in the world – and worth fighting for. young Australians don’t want to fight for Australia because cultural elites in schools, universities and the media have convinced them that there is nothing worth fighting for.

Kevin Donnelly, a senior fellow at the Catholic University of Australia, told Sky News on Thursday that events in Ukraine and China have shown the need for “nation building talk” in the Australian curriculum.

“The reality is that in Australia we like to believe we’re prosperous, we’re safe,” he told Sky News Australia.

“If you add Russia, if you add what’s happening abroad, it’s really time on the program to talk about nation-building and having a sense of belonging and pride in who we are as a nation.”

frank.chung@news.com.au

James C. Tibbs