Selling Government-owned assets

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned assets (e.g. ports, rail, roads) to fund construction of new infrastructure?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Total approve

25%

 

10%

44%

17%

23%

Total disapprove

58%

 

80%

41%

63%

60%

Strongly approve

7%

3%

11%

4%

8%

Approve

18%

7%

33%

13%

15%

Disapprove

27%

25%

31%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

31%

55%

10%

35%

38%

Don’t know

18%

11%

16%

19%

16%

58% disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned to fund construction of new infrastructure and 25% approve.

Labor voters (80%) and Greens voters (63%) strongly disapprove but Liberal/National voters are divided with 44% approve/41% disapprove.

Same party in Government at State and Federal levels

Mar 18, 2014

Q. Do you think it is better to have the same party in Government at both State and Federal levels or do you think it is better to have different parties in Government at State and Federal levels?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total

Nov 13

Same party in Government

26%

26%

38%

10%

11%

26%

Different parties in Government

24%

27%

17%

41%

37%

22%

Makes no difference

36%

36%

34%

33%

40%

40%

Don’t know

13%

11%

11%

15%

12%

12%

36% think it doesn’t make any difference whether the parties in Government at State and Federal levels are different or the same. 26% think it is better if they are the same and 24% think it would be better if they were different. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in November.

Labor voters were a little more likely to favour different parties while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour having the same party in power at both levels.

Responsibility for gas/electricity prices

Dec 10, 2012

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Federal Government

27%

17%

40%

15%

The State Government

16%

18%

14%

18%

The power companies

45%

54%

37%

56%

Don’t know

13%

11%

9%

11%

45% believe that power companies are mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices, 27% think the Federal Government is mainly responsible and 16% State Governments.

40% of Liberal/National voters think the Federal Government is mainly responsible. Answers were similar across the major states – NSW, Victoria, Queensland.

Responsibility for Power Prices

Aug 20, 2012

Q. Who do you think is mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increased a lot

Increased a moderate amount

Increased a little

Stayed the same or decreased

The Federal Government

28%

16%

40%

18%

40%

22%

19%

22%

The State Government

23%

27%

21%

28%

23%

28%

21%

18%

The power companies

37%

50%

28%

42%

32%

42%

44%

38%

Don’t know

12%

7%

10%

12%

6%

9%

17%

21%

37% think the power companies are mainly responsible for electricity and gas prices, 28% think the Federal Government is mainly responsible and 23% think the State Governments are mainly responsible.

Those who think power prices have increased a lot are more likely to think the Federal Government is mainly responsible (40%), while those who think prices have increased a moderate amount, a little or not at all think the power companies are mainly responsible.

50% of Labor voters think the power companies are mainly responsible and 40% of Liberal/National voters think the Federal Government is mainly responsible.

State Government – Co-operate or Compete

Apr 23, 2012

Q. When it comes to business expansion and investment in Australia, do you think that State Governments should co-operate with each other to attract business and investment or should they compete for business and investment by offering lower taxes and less regulation?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should co-operate

67%

74%

64%

78%

Should compete

17%

16%

23%

5%

Don’t know

15%

10%

14%

16%

67% believe that State Governments should co-operate with each other to attract business and investment and 17% think they should compete for business and investment by offering lower taxes and less regulation.

23% of Liberal/National voters, 21% of men and 21% of NSW respondents think they should compete. Those most likely to think they should co-operate were Greens voters (78%), Labor voters (74%) and Queensland respondents (73%).

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Government Responsibilities

Apr 16, 2012

Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?


 

Mainly Federal

Mainly State

Both

equally

Don’t know

Constructing new roads and highways

20%

27%

49%

4%

Investing in public transport

9%

57%

31%

3%

Improving the health system

46%

8%

42%

3%

Improving the education system

40%

12%

44%

4%

Managing mining projects and mining profits

45%

17%

30%

7%

Investing in regional areas

15%

41%

40%

4%

Managing the environment

35%

9%

52%

4%

Managing our water resources

26%

21%

49%

4%

Addressing climate change

42%

3%

47%

8%

Industrial relations issues

37%

15%

42%

5%

 

Issues which were considered mainly Federal responsibilities were the health system, mining projects/profits, climate change and education.

Public transport and regional investment were considered to be more the responsibilities of the State Governments.

The environment, managing water resources and constructing new roads and highways were more likely to be considered a shared responsibility.