ABCC

Apr 12, 2016

Q: The Government plans to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry. The ABCC’s powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person’s right to silence. Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Oct 2013
Mar 2016
Total support 35%   24% 52% 25% 32%   29% 35%
Total oppose 16%   25% 8% 32% 19%   22% 17%
Strongly support 17%   8% 28% 13% 18%   12% 17%
Support 18%   16% 24% 12% 14%   17% 18%
Neither support nor oppose 23%   29% 20% 17% 20%   23% 27%
Oppose 8%   11% 6% 10% 8%   9% 8%
Strongly oppose 8%   14% 2% 22% 11%   13% 9%
Don’t know 27%   22% 20% 26% 29%   25% 22%

35% support re-establishing the ABCC and 16% oppose. 23% neither support nor oppose and 27% don’t have an opinion. This is a very similar result to when this question was asked last month.

39% of full-time workers support and 15% oppose.  29% of part-time workers support and 12% oppose.

Importance of re-establishing ABCC

Apr 12, 2016

Q: Compared to other issues the Government needs to address, how important is the issue of re-establishing the ABCC?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
Total important 34%   25% 51% 30% 28%
Total not important 41%   53% 29% 54% 48%
Very important 10% 5% 16% 7% 12%
Somewhat important 24% 20% 35% 23% 16%
Not so important 26% 31% 25% 22% 24%
Not at all important 15% 22% 4% 32% 24%
Don’t know 26% 23% 20% 15% 24%

34% say that re-establishing the ABCC is very or somewhat important compared to other issues the Government needs to address and 41% say it is not important.

Those more likely to think it is important were Liberal/National voters (51% and people aged 65+ (47%).

Those more likely to say it was not important were Labor (53%) and Greens (54%) voters.

Double dissolution

Apr 12, 2016

Q: The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he intends to recall Parliament in April to pass legislation to re-establish the ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission). If the Senate rejects the bill to restore the ABCC, or the Senate fails to pass it, would you approve or disapprove the Government calling a double-dissolution election?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Mar 2016
Total approve 39%   35% 57% 36% 30%   34%
Total disapprove 24%   34% 16% 33% 27%   22%
Strongly approve 13% 11% 20% 11% 11% 13%
Approve 26% 24% 37% 25% 19% 21%
Disapprove 16% 20% 14% 20% 17% 15%
Strongly disapprove 8% 14% 2% 13% 10% 7%
Don’t know 36% 31% 27% 31% 42%   44%

39% would approve of the Government calling a double dissolution election if the Senate fails to restore the ABCC and 24% oppose. 36% don’t have an opinion.

This represents a small increase in approval since this question was asked in March.

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Oct 1, 2013

Q. The Abbott Government has committed to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry. The ABCC’s powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person’s right to silence.

Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

29%

13%

52%

12%

Total oppose

22%

39%

5%

46%

Strongly support

12%

4%

25%

4%

Support

17%

9%

27%

8%

Neither support nor oppose

23%

22%

22%

16%

Oppose

9%

13%

3%

21%

Strongly oppose

13%

26%

2%

25%

Don’t know

25%

27%

21%

25%

29% support re-establishing the ABCC and 22% oppose. 48% have no opinion either way.

35% of men support compared to 23% of women.

History to be made in Adelaide on November 24

Nov 18, 2010

    Ark Tribe - construction worker

I’m going to Adelaide next week and I’m excited.

Obviously I take some satisfaction in being the first person to ever write that sentence, but I’ll take more if things go our way on November 24.

(Sorry, Adelaide. I understand how it feels to be the lazy gag writer’s best friend. I’m from Canberra.)

The South Australian capital will be the focus of the nation’s attention on Wednesday, because it is where we will finally find out whether the Australian Building and Construction Commission can put an ordinary worker in jail for sticking up for safety.

In 2008, the excellently named Ark Tribe, a construction worker, raised serious safety concerns with his employer on a site in Adelaide.

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