Do we need foreign workers?

Jun 26, 2012


Rita Mallia speaks of the importance of unemployed locals getting the first pick of mining jobs as well as her union’s proud multicultural ethos.

Importing foreign workers has rocketed during the mining boom. Last year almost 90,000 workers were employed under 457 visa grants allowing them to stay and work in Australia for up to four years. The number of visas granted is up nearly 50 per cent on last year.

Since Gina RInehart received permission to bring in 1700 workers for her Roy Hill mine and the subsequent uproar, a Resources Jobs Board has been created.

The CFMEU’s Rita Mallia tells 3Q 60,000 people have already visited the website — putting paid to claims that Australians don’t want to do remote mining work.

Reasons Government is Unpopular

May 28, 2012

Q. Although Australia’s economy is doing very well, according to opinion polls the Government is very unpopular. What do you think is the main reason for this? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Voters don’t trust the Prime Minister

28%

21%

35%

44%

The carbon tax will increase the cost of living

17%

17%

19%

8%

The economy is doing well for other reasons, like China and the mining boom, not because of the government

15%

13%

19%

5%

Voters are still angry about the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

12%

18%

6%

14%

Voters aren’t benefiting from the strong economy.

12%

10%

14%

8%

The government looks sleazy because of Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper.

4%

5%

3%

8%

Some other reason

8%

12%

3%

11%

Don’t know

3%

5%

1%

3

* Based on those who agree the economy is good.

Respondents who thought the economy was doing well, thought the main reasons for the Government’s unpopularity were that voters don’t trust the Prime Minister (28%), that the carbon tax will increase the cost of living (17%) and that the economy is doing well for other reasons, not because of the Government (15%).

Both Liberal/National and Greens voters said trust in the Prime Minister was the key issue, while Labor voters were somewhat more likely to nominate anger over the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

Class Warfare

May 21, 2012

Q. The Federal Opposition has accused the Government of “class warfare” for criticising and increasing taxes for Australia’s richest people and companies. The Government says they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom and other wealth derived from Australia’s resources and economic development.  Which position do you most agree with?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government

46%

77%

20%

77%

The Opposition

28%

5%

56%

5%

Don’t know

26%

18%

25%

18%

28% agree with the Federal Opposition’s claim that the Government is carrying out “class warfare” and 46% agree with the Government’s position that they are just trying to ensure that all Australians benefit from the mining boom.

Those on higher incomes were only a little more likely to agree with the Opposition. For those earning less than $600pw, 53% agree with the Government and 23% agree with the Opposition. For those on incomes over $1,600pw, 45% agree with the Government and 31% with the Opposition.

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Mining Boom

May 21, 2012

Q. Has the mining boom been good or bad for –

 

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The economy generally

75%

7%

30%

45%

12%

5%

2%

6%

Other Australian industries

50%

16%

12%

38%

26%

12%

4%

9%

Jobs generally

61%

12%

16%

45%

21%

9%

3%

7%

You personally

21%

10%

6%

15%

60%

7%

3%

9%

A substantial majority think that the mining boom has been good for the economy generally (75%) and jobs generally (61%). 50% think that it has been good for other Australian industries.

However, most (60%) think it has been neither good nor bad for themselves personally – 21% think it has been good and 10% bad.

Those most likely to think the mining boom had been good for them personally were aged 25-34 (31%), full-time workers (26%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (27%).

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Personal Benefit from Mining Boom

Apr 23, 2012

Q. How much have you personally benefited from Australia’s mining boom?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

A lot

2%

3%

2%

1%

Somewhat

5%

8%

4%

2%

A little

12%

14%

12%

11%

Not at all

66%

62%

70%

67%

Don’t know

14%

13%

12%

19

Only 7% think they have benefited a lot or somewhat from Australia’s mining boom. 78% believe they have benefited a little or not at all.

Those most likely to say they have not benefited at all were women (71%), aged 55+ (74%) and those on incomes under $600 pw (72%).

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Impact of Mining Boom and Dollar

Mar 26, 2012

Q. Has the mining boom and the high dollar been good or bad for –

 

Total good

Total bad

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The economy generally

52%

12%

11%

41%

22%

10%

2%

15%

Jobs generally

42%

18%

8%

34%

26%

15%

3%

14%

You personally

23%

10%

5%

18%

55%

8%

2%

10%

A majority (52%) think that the mining boom and the high dollar has been good for the economy and are more likely to think it has been good for jobs (42% good/18% bad).

61% of Labor voters, 53% of Greens voters and 51% of Coalition voters think it has been good for the economy.

55% think it has been neither good nor bad for them personally. For those on incomes over $1,600pw, 32% think it has been good for them personally and 9% bad.

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Groups that Benefit from Mining Boom

Nov 28, 2011

Q. How much do the following groups benefit from the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports?

Benefit a lot Some benefit A little benefit No benefit Don’t know
Mining company executives 68% 10% 5% 3% 14%
Mining company shareholders 48% 28% 7% 3% 14%
Foreign companies 42% 25% 8% 3% 23%
Federal government 37% 35% 10% 2% 15%
State governments 31% 38% 12% 2% 16%
Regional communities 12% 30% 29% 10% 17%
All Australians 11% 29% 32% 13% 16%

The main beneficiaries of the current boom in Australia’s mineral exports were thought to be mining company executives (68% benefit a lot), mining company shareholders (48%) and foreign companies (42%). Only 11% thought that all Australians benefit a lot and 12% thought regional communities benefit a lot.

Views were mostly similar across demographics.

Labor voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to all Australians (18%) and mining company shareholders (53%).

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to think that there was a lot of benefit to State Governments (37%) and the Federal Government (46%).

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Groups that Should Benefit from Mining Boom

Nov 28, 2011

Q. And should the following groups receive more or less benefit from the current boom in minerals exports or is the current benefit they receive about right?

Should benefit more Should benefit less Current benefit about right Don’t know
All Australians 68% 1% 15% 16%
Regional communities 58% 6% 19% 17%
State governments 30% 17% 32% 20%
Federal government 27% 23% 30% 20%
Mining company shareholders 12% 28% 41% 18%
Foreign companies 4% 56% 18% 22%
Mining company executives 4% 57% 21% 18%

A majority of respondents think there should be more benefits to all Australians (68%) and regional communities (58%).  A majority also believe there should be less benefit to mining company executives (57%) and foreign companies (56%).

75% of Labor voters, 65% of Liberal/National voters and 84% of Greens voters think all Australians should benefit more.

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