Albury-Wodonga: Mapping Social Cohesion with Prof. Andrew Markus

Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University – author of the annual Scanlon Foundation social cohesion reports – will present key findings from the latest national survey at a public presentation in Albury-Wodonga on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.


Professor Markus will share insights about Australia’s growing ethnic diversity, including contemporary social issues such as immigration, discrimination and multiculturalism. He will also discuss the current balance of Australian opinion towards multiculturalism and common factors that enhance (or erode) community harmony.

This FREE public presentation will be held in La Trobe University’s main lecture theatre and will be followed by afternoon tea and coffee in the foyer. Booking through eventbrite is essential.

Event Details:

Program: Prof. Andrew Markus Presents on Social Cohesion
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus 133 McKoy Street West Wodonga, VIC 3690
Google Maps: here
Cost: Free
Bookings: Essential; book online at Eventbrite


five pillars of social cohesion


The Five Pillars of Social Cohesion


Life satisfaction, happiness and future expectations. This domain assesses satisfaction with present financial situation and indication of happiness over the last year.

Acceptance and rejection legitimacy

Experience of discrimination, attitudes towards minorities and newcomers. This domain measures rejection, indicated by a negative view of immigration from many different countries; reported experience of discrimination in the last 12 months; disagreement with government support to ethnic minorities for maintenance of customs and traditions; feeling that life in three or four years will be worse.


Voluntary work, political and cooperative involvement. This domain measures whether a participant has voted in an election; signed a petition; contacted a Member of Parliament; participated in a boycott; attended a protest.

Social justice and equity

Evaluation of national policies. This domain brings together views on the adequacy of financial support for people on low incomes; the gap between high and low incomes; Australia as a land of economic opportunity; trust in the Australian government.


Shared values, identification with Australia and trust. This domain provides an indication of pride in the Australia way of life and culture; sense of belonging; importance of maintaining Australian way of life and culture.



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