Opposition vote on specific budget issues

Jun 3, 2014

Q. Do you think the Labor Opposition should vote for or against the following budget decisions?

Vote for

Vote against

Don’t know

A 2% deficit levy on earnings over $180,000

73%

13%

14%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

65%

22%

12%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

64%

25%

11%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

47%

41%

12%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

36%

49%

15%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

32%

47%

21%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

32%

61%

8%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

28%

57%

16%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

27%

62%

10%

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

23%

63%

15%

A majority think that Labor should vote for the 2% deficit levy (73%), freezing foreign aid (65%) and reducing the income level at which students repay debt (64%).

A majority think that Labor should vote against deregulation of university fees (63%), raising the pension age (62%), the $7 Medicare copayment (61%) and cutting university funding (57%).

They were more divided over the other issues, but tended to support the six-month waiting period for under 30’s to access the dole (47% for/41% against) and tended to oppose cutting the public service (36%/49%) and cutting funds to the ABC (32%/47%).