Work and automation

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Which statement best represents your current situation? (In these statements, “automation” means the use of machines and technology to replace human processes). 

  Total   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
My job has already been replaced by automation 3%   5% 2% 5% 3% 2%
My job has been significantly changed my automation 9%   11% 7% 12% 8% 5%
I expect my job to be replaced by automation in the next five years 11%   12% 10% 17% 9% 4%
I don’t think my job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future 59%   56% 61% 53% 64% 58%
Don’t know 18%   16% 20% 14% 16% 30%

(Based on those working)

59% of working respondents don’t think their job will be replaced by automation in the foreseeable future. 3% say that have already been replaced by automation, 9% say their job has significantly changed and 11% expect their job to be replaced by automation. 53% of those aged 18-34 don’t think their job will be replaced by automation compared to 64% of those aged 35-54.

 

Technological Change

Jul 18, 2017

Q. Overall, do you think technological advances in recent years have been positive for:

  Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Culture/entertainment 57% 9% 14% 43% 27% 6% 3% 7%
National security 53% 16% 14% 39% 22% 12% 4% 9%
Provision of government services 50% 14% 10% 40% 28% 9% 5% 9%
Personal safety 49% 16% 11% 38% 27% 12% 4% 8%
Provision of private services 45% 11% 9% 36% 31% 8% 3% 14%
Personal relationships 31% 30% 7% 24% 32% 22% 8% 7%
Job security 27% 34% 7% 20% 30% 23% 11% 9%

By demographic:

  Total agree   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Culture/entertainment 57% 55% 58% 66% 56% 48%
National security 53% 56% 48% 53% 51% 53%
Provision of government services 50% 56% 44% 50% 51% 48%
Personal safety 49% 51% 47% 56% 48% 42%
Provision of private services 45% 50% 40% 52% 44% 39%
Personal relationships 31% 35% 26% 41% 29% 21%
Job security 27% 31% 21% 38% 24% 18%

At least half the respondents think that technological advances have been positive for culture/entertainment (57%), national security (53%) and provision of Government services (50%). However, they were divided over job security (27% agree/34% disagree) and personal relationships (31%/30%).

The NBN and the Spirit of Christmas

Nov 30, 2010

First Published on The Drum 30/11/2010

The magic of Christmas lies in the expectation. You hang out the stocking, leave a piece of cake and a stubbie for Santa and head off to bed.

When you wake up, there it is laid out for you, something shiny and new that you really, really wanted.

In this spirit it should come as no surprise that the Federal Parliament’s final act of the year was the passage of legislation enabling the rollout of the National Broadband Network, the embodiment of Labor’s hope that something better lies around the corner.

And there are grounds for optimism. In an era of cynicism with nearly every aspect of politics – and despite a concerted Opposition attack – this week’s Essential Report shows strong and increasing support for the network.

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