Influence of groups on Liberal/National politicians

May 27, 2014

Q. When making decisions about funding and policies, do you think that Liberal/National Coalition politicians listen to the following groups too much, not enough or just the right amount?

 

Too much

Not enough

Just the right amount

Property Developers

53%

18%

30%

Mining Companies

52%

20%

27%

The Media

44%

24%

31%

Celebrities

41%

17%

42%

Religious Organisations

38%

27%

35%

Foreign Leaders

32%

29%

40%

Member based lobby groups (like GetUp!)

26%

39%

35%

Employer Groups

26%

44%

30%

Public Servants

25%

44%

30%

Unions

23%

45%

32%

Environmental Groups

21%

52%

27%

Active citizens on social media

15%

51%

35%

Students

12%

64%

25%

Welfare Groups

10%

66%

24%

Average Citizens

3%

79%

18%

Respondents tended to think that Coalition politicians listen too much to property developers, mining companies, the media, celebrities and religious organisations.

A majority thought they did not listen enough to average citizens, welfare groups, students, active citizens on social media, and environmental groups.

Paying tax

May 6, 2013

Q. Do you think the following pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount?

 

Total

Labor voters

Lib/Nat voters

 

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right

Don’t know

Pay too much

Don’t pay eno
-ugh

Pay about right
amnt.

Don’t know

Large
bus.

7%

63%

17%

13%

4%

75%

12%

9%

9%

52%

25%

14%

Small
bus.

43%

7%

37%

14%

37%

8%

43%

11%

49%

5%

34%

11%

People on
low incomes

41%

8%

41%

10%

49%

3%

41%

7%

33%

11%

46%

10%

People on average
incomes

37%

7%

49%

8%

32%

8%

54%

6%

38%

6%

50%

6%

People on
high incomes

12%

60%

19%

8%

5%

77%

13%

6%

18%

47%

27%

7%

Mining
co.

7%

62%

16%

15%

4%

78%

8%

11%

11%

49%

24%

16%

A majority think that large businesses (63%), mining companies (62%) and people on high incomes do not pay enough tax.

They are more likely to think that small businesses pay too much tax (43%) and that people on average incomes pay about the right amount (49%).

They were split over whether people on low incomes pay too much or about the right amount.

At least three quarters of Labor voters think mining companies, people on upper incomes and big businesses do not pay enough tax.

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.

Reason for Bringing in Overseas Workers

Jun 12, 2012

Q. Why do you think mining companies would bring in overseas workers for Australia’s mines?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Australia doesn’t have enough skilled workers

18%

20%

18%

19%

Australians don’t want to work in the mining industry

17%

17%

18%

18%

It is cheaper to bring in overseas workers

59%

60%

58%

58%

Don’t know

6%

3%

5%

5%

59% think that mining companies bring in overseas workers because it is cheaper, 18% think Australia doesn’t have enough skilled workers and 17% think Australians don’t want to work in the mining industry.

Views were similar across all voter and demographic groups.

Mining Investment

Jun 12, 2012

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Labour costs and taxes threaten the future of mining investment in Australia

32%

19%

47%

16%

Mining companies want Australian resources and they will continue to invest here despite labour costs and taxes

49%

62%

39%

69%

Don’t know

20%

19%

14%

15%

49% agree with the statement that mining companies want Australian resources and they will continue to invest here despite labour costs and taxes and 32% agree that labour costs and taxes threaten the future of mining investment in Australia.

Those most likely to agree that labour costs and taxes threaten the future of mining investment in Australia were Liberal/National voters (47%) and residents of Queensland (41%).

Mining Companies’ Tax

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think mining companies pay too much tax, not enough tax or about the right amount of tax?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Pay too much tax

11%

8%

15%

2%

Don’t pay enough tax

37%

54%

25%

63%

Pay about the right amount of tax

27%

18%

37%

6%

Don’t know

25%

20%

22%

29%

37% think mining companies don’t pay enough tax, 27% think they pay about the right amount and 11% think they pay too much.

Groups most likely to think they don’t pay enough were men (42%), aged 35-54 (41%) and those earning over $1,600 pw (44%).

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Opinion of Mining Tax

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

 

12 Jul 2010

5 Sep 2011

21 Nov

20 Feb 2012

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

50%

46%

51%

55%

52%

76%

33%

79%

Total disapprove

28%

34%

33%

28%

34%

12%

55%

12%

Strongly approve

13%

18%

18%

23%

20%

36%

7%

51%

Approve

37%

28%

33%

32%

32%

40%

26%

28%

Disapprove

18%

18%

20%

17%

22%

9%

34%

10%

Strongly disapprove

10%

16%

13%

11%

12%

3%

21%

2%

Don’t know

22%

19%

15%

17%

14%

13%

12%

8%

52% approve the Government’s proposed mining tax and 34% disapprove. This represents a weakening in support over the last 3 weeks (from net +27% to net +18%) but a similar result to that of November 2011.

Labor voters (76%) and Greens voters (79%) strongly support the tax – but Liberal/National voters disapprove 55% to 33%.

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Opinion of Mining Tax

Feb 20, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposed mining tax (called the Minerals Resource Rent Tax) on large profits of mining companies?

12 Jul 2010 5 Sep 2011 21 Nov 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 50% 46% 51% 55% 80% 39% 74%
Total disapprove 28% 34% 33% 28% 7% 46% 12%
Strongly approve 13% 18% 18% 23% 46% 7% 44%
Approve 37% 28% 33% 32% 34% 32% 30%
Disapprove 18% 18% 20% 17% 6% 26% 9%
Strongly disapprove 10% 16% 13% 11% 1% 20% 3%
Don’t know 22% 19% 15% 17% 13% 14% 14%

Approval for the proposed mining tax has increased over the course of the last 6 months, rising 9 percentage points from 46% in September 2011 to 55% total approval in this week’s poll.

Labor voters are the most in favour of the proposed mining tax, with 80% in favour, followed by Greens voters (74% in favour).  The majority of Coalition voters remain opposed to the proposed tax, with 46% opposed and 39% in favour.

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