Approval of Overseas Workers

Jun 12, 2012

Q. The Federal Government recently gave approval to Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers. Do you approve or disapprove of overseas workers being brought in to work in Australia’s mining industry?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

16%

20%

19%

10%

Total disapprove

60%

55%

61%

58%

Strongly approve

3%

3%

3%

5%

Approve

13%

17%

16%

5%

Neither approve nor disapprove

20%

23%

18%

30%

Disapprove

25%

27%

25%

30%

Strongly disapprove

35%

28%

36%

28%

Don’t know

5%

3%

2%

2%

 16% approve of the Government’s approval for Gina Rinehart’s mining company to bring in 1,700 overseas workers and 60% disapprove.

A majority of all voter groups disapproved.

Highest approval came from men (20%), full-time workers (20%) and respondents aged 65+ (21%).

 

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.