Penalty rates

Aug 11, 2015

Do you approve or disapprove of the Productivity Commission recommendation to cut Sunday penalty rates to the same level as Saturday rates for workers in hospitality, entertainment and retail? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Full time worker Part time worker
Total approve 32% 24% 51% 21% 32% 40% 27%
Total disapprove 54% 65% 40% 66% 57% 47% 62%
Strongly approve 9% 6% 16% 4% 7% 11% 5%
Approve 23% 18% 35% 17% 25% 29% 22%
Disapprove 25% 29% 21% 31% 19% 22% 31%
Strongly disapprove 29% 36% 19% 35% 38% 25% 31%
Don’t know 14% 11% 10% 13% 12% 13% 11%

32% approve of the Productivity Commission recommendation to cut Sunday penalty rates to the same level as Saturday rates for workers in hospitality, entertainment and retail and 54% disapprove.

About half Liberal/National voters approve but other voter groups strongly disapprove.

47% of fulltime workers and 62% of part-time workers disapprove. 57% of people earning less than $1,000 pw disapprove.

Liberal Party and WorkChoices

Nov 21, 2011

Q. If they won the next election, how likely do you think it would be that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices?

31 May 10 12 July 10 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total likely 58% 56% 51% 75% 33% 78%
Total unlikely 21% 24% 27% 13% 44% 11%
Very likely 28% 26% 22% 45% 4% 41%
Quite likely 30% 30% 29% 30% 29% 37%
Not very likely 18% 18% 19% 9% 31% 8%
Not at all likely 3% 6% 8% 4% 13% 3%
Don’t know 20% 20% 22% 11% 23% 11%

Respondents were less likely to think that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices than when a similar question was asked last year. 51% (down 5%) think it is likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices if they won the next election and 27% (up 3%) think it is unlikely.

75% of Labor voters and 78% of Greens voters think it is likely, while Liberal/National voters are split 33% likely to 44% unlikely.

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Concern about Liberals Bringing Back WorkChoices

Nov 21, 2011

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?

31 May 10 12 July 10 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very concerned 28% 29% 26% 53% 4% 54%
Quite concerned 17% 19% 15% 22% 11% 15%
A little concerned 20% 16% 20% 12% 24% 21%
Not concerned 24% 25% 27% 6% 52% 6%
Don’t know 11% 11% 11% 7% 9% 4%

Respondents were also less concerned about the re-introduction of WorkChoices than last year. 41% (down 7%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 47% (up 6%) were only a little or not concerned.

75% of Labor voters and 69% of Greens voters would be concerned. 76% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 15% concerned. Those most concerned were aged 25-34 (47%) and aged 45-54 (48%).

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