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Latest Essential Report

02 July 2024

Key Insights

  • National mood has declined to a new low point, with 54% saying Australia is on the wrong track

  • Nuclear energy is now seen as more expensive than renewable energies (38% to 35% most expensive)

  • People have very little trust in information sources around the energy transition, except for friends and family (44% trust a lot)

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