Childcare proposals

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Thinking about Government assistance for childcare, do you support or oppose the following proposals? 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Investment to create more childcare places

72%

13%

17%

55%

9%

4%

16%

Means testing of the childcare rebate

71%

14%

31%

40%

10%

4%

15%

Greater government subsidies to reduce the cost of childcare

57%

25%

16%

41%

17%

8%

18%

Childcare rebate extended to include nannies

46%

35%

12%

34%

22%

13%

19%

A substantial majority supported investment to create more childcare places (72%) and means testing of the childcare rebate (71%). A majority supported Greater government subsidies to reduce the cost of childcare (57%) while they were somewhat more divided over childcare rebate extended to include nannies (46% support/35% oppose).

For those aged 25-44, support was a little higher for greater Government subsidies (61%), investment to create more places (76%) and extending the rebate to nannies (51%) but lower for means testing the rebate (65%).

Childcare Rebate for Nannies

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Tony Abbott has said that if he became Prime Minister he would ask the Productivity Commission to look into extending the childcare rebate to childcare provided by nannies. Would you support or oppose the Government paying a childcare rebate for nannies?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

44%

33%

57%

33%

Total oppose

33%

49%

24%

44%

Strongly support

12%

9%

17%

10%

Support

32%

24%

40%

23%

Oppose

20%

27%

18%

20%

Strongly oppose

13%

22%

6%

24%

No opinion

22%

18%

19%

23%

44% support the Government paying a childcare rebate for nannies and 33% oppose. 49% of Labor voters and 44% of Greens voters are opposed but 57% of Liberal/National voters support the measure.

Support is higher among younger respondents – those aged under 45 split 53% support/24% oppose and those aged 45+ split 36% support/44% oppose.

48% of those on income under $600pw oppose and 32% support, but all higher income groups are more likely to support.

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Important Decisions

Dec 12, 2011

Q. Which of the following decisions made by the Federal Labor Government since they were elected do you think is most important for Australia’s future? And which is second? And which is third?

First Second Third Total
The mining tax on large profits 17% 18% 13% 48%
Addressing climate change with the carbon tax 19% 11% 13% 43%
Increase compulsory superannuation to 12% 17% 13% 12% 42%
Provide 18 weeks paid parental leave 7% 6% 7% 20%
Childcare rebate increased from 30% to 50% 4% 7% 6% 17%
Allow Labor politicians to have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage 4% 6% 5% 15%
Allow the export of uranium to India 4% 5% 4% 13%
Gambling reforms which require poker machine players to set a limit on losses. 3% 5% 5% 13%
Plain packaging for cigarettes 3% 4% 5% 12%
None of them 13% 3% 3% 13%
Don’t know 8% 1% 2% 8%

The three most important decisions made by the Government were the mining tax, the carbon tax and the increase in compulsory superannuation.

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Childcare Rebate

Apr 27, 2011

Q. The Federal Government currently pays parents 50 per cent of money they spend on childcare via its childcare rebate. Which of the following policies would you support most?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Maintaining the child care rebate at current levels 22% 23% 23% 25% 21% 22% 33% 18% 14%
Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 per annum 42% 46% 41% 44% 42% 42% 38% 42% 47%
Scrapping the rebate and paying the money directly to child care providers to contain costs and improve services 21% 25% 18% 18% 25% 18% 12% 24% 26%
Don’t know 15% 13% 11% 14% 12% 18% 17% 16% 12%

Only 22% favour maintaining the child care rebate at current levels – 42% think it should be means tested and 21% think it should be scrapped and the money paid directly to child care providers. There were no significant differences by voting intention.

Those aged 18-34 were more likely to support maintaining the rebate at current levels (33%) as were people earning over $1,600 pw (31%).  Limiting the rebate to families earning less than $150,000 was supported by 55% of people earning $1,000-$1,600 pw.

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