Back in October, a survey found 96% of respondents opposed the take-over by the Australian Government.
The survey asked the question about governance with four options to choose from. Only 3.28% of respondents (15 votes) wanted full integration with Australia. An overwhelming majority of voters (442 votes) wanted anything but to remain under the current Australian system, with voters showing a Free Association model was a firm preference.
This survey may serve as a catalyst for genuine negotiations on a new model of government that respects the views and wishes of the Norfolk Island people and reflects their ownership of Norfolk Island and its resources, their strong historic connection to the island, and their unique and separate heritage and identity as a race of people who desire to manage their own affairs in a way that addresses the very specific needs, culture, value and challenges of their island home and its people.