Support for tax reforms

Apr 12, 2016

Q: Would you support or oppose the following tax reforms to raise more funds for Government services and infrastructure?

 
Total support
Total oppose
 
Strongly support
Support
Oppose
Strongly oppose
Don’t know
 
Support Jul 2015
Support Feb 2016
Stop companies and wealthy people using legal loopholes in minimise tax payments by sending funds offshore 86% 5% 65% 21% 3% 2% 8% na na
Force multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings 80% 9% 55% 25% 6% 3% 11% 79% 78%
Increase income tax rate for high earners 65% 23% 32% 33% 16% 7% 11% 63% 64%
Remove superannuation tax concessions for high earners 62% 25% 29% 33% 14% 11% 13% 59% 58%
Remove negative gearing 39% 35% 17% 22% 20% 15% 27% 37% 37%
Remove GST exemptions (e.g. on food, education) 37% 54% 13% 24% 22% 32% 9% 33% 32%
Replace stamp duty with land tax 33% 33% 10% 23% 19% 14% 35% 26% 26%
Increase the GST 27% 66% 6% 21% 29% 37% 7% 24% 23%

There was strong majority support for stopping companies and wealthy people using legal loopholes in minimise tax payments by sending funds offshore (86%), forcing multinational companies to pay a minimum tax rate on Australian earnings (80%), increasing income tax rate for high earners (65%) and removing superannuation tax concessions for high earners (62%).

There was strong majority opposition to increasing the GST (66%).

Budget surplus

Nov 26, 2012

Q. In order to keep to their commitment to return to surplus in 2012-13, which measures should the Government take?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase taxes for big corporations

59%

70%

51%

65%

Reduce tax breaks for high income earners

46%

51%

41%

62%

Cut “middle class welfare” such as the Baby Bonus, first home buyers grant and Family Tax Benefit payments

43%

42%

48%

52%

Reduce defence spending

38%

40%

33%

70%

Postpone building the NBN

27%

18%

42%

14%

Cut spending on unemployment and disability benefits

26%

20%

36%

17%

Postpone other infrastructure projects like new roads and highways

12%

12%

13%

12%

Measures most supported by respondents in order to keep the commitment to the 2012-13 budget surplus are increasing taxes for big corporations (59%), reducing tax breaks for high income earners (46%) and cutting ‘middle class welfare’ (43%).

Looking at the results by voting intention, the majority of Lib/Nat voters support increasing taxes for big corporations (51%).  Labor voters are most in favour of increasing taxes for big corporations (70%) and reducing tax breaks for high income earners (51%).  Greens voters are most inclined to support reducing defence spending (70%) and increasing taxes for big corporations (65%).

Ships, trains and submarines — can we build them here?

Sep 11, 2012


Tim Ayres wishes Clive Palmer and other mining giants would give local manufacturers a go instead of heading overseas.

When Clive Palmer recently announced his replica of the Titanic would be built in China due to the lack of ship building facilities in Australia, the AMWU hit back with a video clip showing the 500-strong workforce at a Newcastle shipyard.

It’s all part of the AMWU’s campaign, Build Them Here, appealing to government to set local content targets on some of the massive construction and transport projects to ensure local manufacturers get contracts ahead of low cost overseas competitors — as is often the case in the mining industry.

Tim Ayres, the NSW secretary for the AMWU, tells 3Q that local manufacturers can build heavy infrastructure – they just need to be given the opportunity. In doing so, new jobs and apprenticeships will be created, valuable intellectual property is developed and the knock on effect strengthens the economy.

Role of Government

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  For each of the following issues, do you think the Government does too much, too little or just about the right amount:

 

Too much

Too little

About right

Don’t know

 Providing quality health care services

2%

74%

19%

5%

 Protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution.

10%

43%

36%

11%

 Making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly

3%

62%

28%

6%

 Making sure that the roads, bridges and other public transportation facilities are in good repair and safe.

1%

63%

30%

5%

 Ensuring that there is adequate, affordable and accessible public transport.

2%

67%

25%

6%

Ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats.

5%

47%

41%

7%

Providing a quality education system

2%

54%

37%

7%

Respondents were more likely to think the Government does too little on each of the issues measured.

In particular, they think the Government does too little in terms of health care services (74%), adequate, affordable and accessible public transport (67%), roads, bridges and other public transportation (63%) and making sure the banks and other large financial institutions operate honestly and treat their clients fairly (62%).

Issues over which they were more divided were protecting citizens from industrial and other kinds of pollution (46% about right/too much) and ensuring that our population is protected from crime, terrorism and other threats (46% about right/too much).

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Most Important Roles of Government

Jan 23, 2012

Q. From the following list, what do you think are the three most important roles of the Federal Government? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)

Most important Second Third Total
Delivering basic services like health and education 18% 27% 20% 65%
Managing the economy in uncertain economic times 20% 15% 14% 49%
Making the big decisions for the nations future 20% 12% 12% 44%
Ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth 13% 10% 11% 34%
Supporting Australian industries to provide jobs 8% 12% 12% 32%
Reducing government spending so money can be returned back to taxpayers 9% 8% 8% 25%
Investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband 3% 7% 10% 20%
Providing support to the most disadvantaged 4% 4% 8% 16%
Don’t know 5% 5% 5% 5%

Respondents considered that the most important roles of the Federal Government were delivering basic services like health and hospitals (65%), managing the economy in uncertain economic times (49%) and making the big decisions for the nations future (44%).

The least important roles were providing support for the most disadvantaged (16%), investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband (20%) and reducing government spending so money can be returned to taxpayers (25%).

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Party best to handle Issues

Jan 23, 2012

Q. Which party do you think is best to handle each of the following issues?

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Making the big decisions for the nations future 28% 41% 5% 26%
Managing the economy in uncertain economic times 30% 44% 2% 24%
Delivering basic services like health and education 34% 36% 5% 25%
Investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband 34% 36% 2% 28%
Supporting Australian industries to provide jobs 33% 39% 3% 25%
Reducing government spending so money can be returned back to taxpayers 21% 46% 3% 29%
Ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth 31% 34% 6% 29%
Providing support to the most disadvantaged 34% 27% 9% 29%

The Liberal Party was considered substantially better than Labor at making the big decisions for the nations future (41% to 28%), managing the economy in uncertain economic times (44%/30% ) and reducing Government spending so money can be retuned back to taxpayers (46%/21%).

They were also considered a little better at supporting Australian industries to provide jobs (39%/33%). The Labor Party was considered a little better at providing support to the most disadvantaged (34%/27%) and the two parties scored similarly on delivering basic services like health and education, investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband and ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth.

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Population growth in Australia – statements of agreement

Mar 1, 2010

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Australia’s population growth?

  Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
We just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth 75% 19% 36% 39% 14% 5% 6%
Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society 64% 29% 32% 32% 20% 9% 7%
Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population 61% 30% 24% 37% 24% 6% 8%
Having a larger population will help our economy 38% 52% 7% 31% 34% 18% 10%
Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population 35% 58% 8% 27% 31% 27% 7%

 When it comes to statements about population growth, most people agree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (75%).   64% agree that immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society and 61% think Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population.  More than half (58%) disagree that Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population. 

 Labor voters were more likely to agree that having a larger population will help our economy (42%) and disagree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (23%). 

 Coalition voters were more likely to agree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (82%) and agree that immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society (74%). 

 Greens voters were more likely to agree that Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population (66%).  Comments »