Actions on energy

Sep 11, 2017

Q. Would you approve of disapprove of the Government taking the following actions to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy for Australian households and businesses?

  Total approve Total dis-approve   Strongly approve Approve Dis-approve Strongly dis-approve Don’t know
Regulate electricity and gas prices 86% 5%   39% 47% 3% 2% 8%
Increase investment in renewable energy and smart solutions like energy storage 81% 10%   40% 41% 6% 4% 10%
Restrict gas exports to make more gas available in Australia 77% 9%   34% 43% 7% 2% 14%
Clean up existing coal power stations 77% 10%   29% 48% 7% 3% 13%
Force energy companies to help their customers to use less power 65% 21%   25% 40% 16% 5% 15%
Buy back ownership of coal-fired power stations from private companies 56% 22%   21% 35% 14% 8% 23%
Stop coal-fired power stations from closing down 51% 30%   19% 32% 18% 12% 20%
Allow more onshore gas exploration 48% 26%   15% 33% 17% 9% 25%
Build or subsidise new coal-fired power stations 48% 34%   19% 29% 17% 17% 18%

There was substantial support for all listed actions to ensure affordable, reliable and clean energy.

The ones with highest approvals were to regulate electricity and gas prices (86%), increase investment in renewable energy and smart solutions like energy storage (81%), restrict gas exports to make more gas available in Australia (77%) and clean up existing coal power stations (77%).

Although slightly less than majority approval, allowing more onshore gas exploration (48%) and building/subsidizing new coal-fired power stations (48%) were much more likely to be approved than disapproved.

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