The Centre for Independent Studies’ Robert Carling says Western Australia was the “standout” in a recent analysis paper on Australian identity.
The paper showed that just 46 per cent of Western Australians identify as ‘Australian first’ as opposed to ‘state first’.
Mr Carling, who co-authored the paper, said the results were very different in other states.
In New South Wales, 94 per cent identified as ‘Australian first’, and Queensland saw 78 per cent identify as ‘Australian first’.
“So Western Australia very much a standout there,” Mr Carling said.
“Perhaps not surprisingly at all.”