6 Nov 2012

Growing mistrust of political leaders in Australia

6:10 am on 6 November 2012

A new poll in Australia reveals growing mistrust of political leaders and concern about corruption within government.

The Australian National University surveyed more than 2000 people across the country about their perceptions of corruption and ethical conduct in the public sector.

More than 40% of those surveyed believe the level of corruption is on the rise in Australia.

The ABC reports the results show broad mistrust of political leaders.

One in three people believe the federal government is corrupt and only one in five believe that governments can usually be trusted to do the right thing.

The media and trade unions were also viewed as the most corrupt institutions.

About half of those interviewed in the survey did not know how to report corruption.

At the other end of the spectrum, the poll shows there is a high level of confidence in the public service, armed forces and police, and they are considered the least corrupt.

On the big issues facing Australia, the economy, employment and immigration were the main concerns.