Vote Compass to raise issues on climate change

QUEENSLAND is home to the 10 federal seats most opposed to taking action on climate change, an online educational tool used by almost one million people in less than four weeks has found.

Vote Compass, which is being hosted by the ABC, was developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and allows people to answer a short series of questions to discover how they fit in the Australian political landscape.

It was launched on the same day Kevin Rudd announced the September 7 election date and has generated more than 950,000 responses since.

The ABC released data on Wednesday identifying the top 20 seats where the average voter most and least supported the policy positions raised in the survey.

On the question of how much the Federal Government should do to tackle climate change, the 10 seats least in favour of doing more were based in the sunshine state.

The staunchly conservative seat of Maranoa came in at number one, with the central Queensland electorates of Flynn, Capricornia - the only Labor-held seat of the 10 - and Hinkler rounding out the top four.

Vote Compass also asked respondents whether they supported the Federal Government putting a price on carbon, with the results almost identical.

Maranoa and Flynn were first and second in terms of the seats least in favour of carbon pricing, while Capricornia and Hinkler were fourth and fifth.

The only difference in terms of the make-up of the top 10 was the seat of Wright replacing Dawson.

It was the same story when it came to the issue or border protection.

Queensland seats accounted for nine of the top 10 in terms of support for turning back asylum seeker boats, with the seat of Flynn, held by the LNP's Ken O'Dowd, on top.

Flynn was also number one in supporting the statement that asylum seekers arriving by boat not be allowed to settle in Australia.

Again, Queensland seats accounted for nine of the top 10 on this question, with Longman replacing Moncrieff being the only difference.

The issue of coal seam gas threw up an interesting result, with the northern New South Wales seats of Richmond (1st), Page (4th) and Cowper (5th) dominating the top five electorates opposed to the statement that there should be fewer restrictions on CSG exploration.



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