Who is favoured by changes to industrial relations laws

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Generally speaking, when Federal Liberal-National Coalition Governments make changes to industrial relations laws, do you think they tend to favour employers and businesses, employees or strike a balance between the two?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
  Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The changes tend to favour employers and businesses 52% 64% 41% 71% 53%
The changes tend to favour employees 17% 14% 19% 16% 18%
The changes tend to strike a balance between the two 31% 22% 40% 13% 29%
Base (n) 1,071 356 406 102 107
  • Over half of people think changes made to industrial relations laws made by a Liberal-National government tend to favour businesses and employers (52%), while just 17% think they favour employees.
  • Coalition voters are most likely to say changes made by a Coalition government strike a balance (40%), but 41% think changes favour businesses and 19% employees.

Expectations of outcomes from changes to industrial relations laws

Dec 15, 2020

Q. The Federal Government has announced new workplace reforms requiring employers to offer permanent employment to casual workers who have been with the same employer for a year and have had regular shifts for six months during that time.

Do you expect these changes to industrial relations laws will be good or bad for the following?

  TOTAL:

Very good / Quite good

Neither good nor bad TOTAL:

Very bad / Quite bad

Don’t know
Big businesses 41% 34% 12% 14%
Small businesses 35% 33% 19% 12%
Employees 48% 24% 17% 12%
People looking for work 39% 28% 20% 13%
People in casual work 51% 20% 17% 12%

 

TOTAL: Very good / Quite good Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Big businesses 41% 44% 42% 41% 44%
Small businesses 35% 40% 39% 30% 34%
Employees 48% 43% 57% 49% 48%
People looking for work 39% 39% 42% 37% 37%
People in casual work 51% 44% 42% 41% 44%
  • The proposed changes to the industrial relations laws are expected to be good news for those in casual work (51% think the changes will be very good, or quite good), and employees (48%).
  • It is expected that there will be less benefit to small businesses (35% think the changes will very or quite good) and those looking for work (39%) as a result of the changes.

Views towards changes to industrial relations laws and casual workers

Dec 15, 2020

Q. According to the Fair Work Commission, “A casual employee does not have a firm commitment in advance from an employer about how long they will be employed for, or the days (or hours) they will work. A casual employee also does not commit to all work an employer might offer. For example, an employee who works to a roster that could change each week and can refuse or swap shifts is casual.”

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
The law should be changed now to make it easier for casual workers to become permanent employees if they want to, so they have greater certainty in their lives 57% 56% 59% 52% 57% 62% 59% 56% 55% 67%
Now is not the right time to make changes to the rules for casual workers, because economic uncertainty means there needs to be as much flexibility in the workplace as possible 43% 44% 41% 48% 43% 38% 41% 44% 45% 33%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • Views are split on whether this is the right time to change the industrial relations laws regarding casual workers. While the majority think the laws should be changed (57%), there is a sizeable minority (43%) who believe now is not the right time to make these changes.

Australia’s diplomatic and trade relationship with other countries

Dec 15, 2020

Q. In terms of diplomatic & trade relationships, for each of the following countries please indicate whether you think Australia should be working more closely with them, less closely with them or stay about the same as now?

TOTAL Get closer Stay the same Become less close Don’t know
New Zealand 49% 33% 6% 12%
United Kingdom 38% 42% 8% 12%
The European Union 33% 42% 11% 14%
United States 28% 44% 15% 13%
China 15% 20% 49% 15%

 

TOTAL: Get closer Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
New Zealand 49% 50% 48% 40% 45% 61% 50% 52% 60% 50%
United Kingdom 38% 42% 34% 25% 34% 53% 40% 45% 25% 45%
The European Union 33% 38% 27% 22% 33% 42% 33% 37% 37% 33%
United States 28% 34% 23% 18% 28% 36% 25% 37% 21% 31%
China 15% 20% 11% 18% 17% 11% 18% 12% 19% 20%
  • New Zealand is Australian’s preferred diplomatic and trading partner (49% wanting closer ties), followed by the UK (38% closer ties) and the EU (33%).

Views towards trade disputes between Australia and China

Dec 15, 2020

Q. There are ongoing trade disputes between Australia and China, with China imposing high tariffs on imported Australian products.

Some people see this as a reaction from China to Australian calls for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19 and leading international pressure on the Chinese Government’s record on human rights.

Which of the following statements is closer to you views on this issue?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia is the innocent victim of Chinese assertion in restricting trade on certain products 62% 63% 61% 53% 65% 67% 59% 67% 46% 65%
Australia has made itself a target by publicly criticising the Chinese government 38% 37% 39% 47% 35% 33% 41% 33% 54% 35%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • The majority of people think Australia is the victim of trade restrictions by China (62%), with the remainder linking the dispute to criticism of China by the Australian government (38%).
  • Those most likely to think Australian trade has been unfairly restricted include those aged over 55 (67%) and Coalition voters (67%).

Views towards Scott Morrison’s handling of recent Twitter controversy

Dec 15, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closer to your view on the recent controversy over an official Chinese Twitter account sharing a fake image on Twitter showing an Australian soldier threatening to kill a child?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Scott Morrison was right to publicly demand an apology from the Chinese government, even if China retaliates by restricting trade with Australia 56% 55% 57% 48% 57% 62% 51% 65% 41% 68%
Scott Morrison should have let the issue be handled through diplomatic channels. At this time of economic uncertainty, the last thing we need is to publicly criticise our biggest trading partner 44% 45% 43% 52% 43% 38% 49% 35% 59% 32%
Base (n) 1,071 539 532 339 374 358 356 406 102 107
  • Over half believe the Prime Minister was correct to demand an apology from the Chinese government regarding the fake Twitter incident (56%), but 44% believe it should have been handled by other diplomatic means.
  • Those aged 18-34 (52%), Labor voters (49%) and Greens voters (59%) disagree with publicly criticising China over the incident.

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

  TOTAL:

Closely

TOTAL:

Not closely

 
The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia 69% 31%
The trial results of Covid-19 vaccines 66% 34%
The Trump campaign’s ongoing legal disputes regarding the US presidential election 56% 44%
The alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan 53% 47%
  • The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia was the news item most closely followed over the past two weeks (69%), followed closely by the trial results of Covid-19 vaccines (66%).
  • The Trump campaign’s ongoing legal disputes regarding the US presidential election was followed by 56% of people and the alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan by 53%.

Interest in news stories

Dec 1, 2020

Q. How closely have you been following these news stories in the last fortnight?

The Covid-19 outbreak in South Australia 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very closely 26% 28% 23% 22% 28% 27% 24% 29% 30% 22%
Fairly closely 43% 45% 42% 42% 41% 46% 48% 46% 31% 36%
Not that closely 23% 21% 25% 28% 22% 21% 23% 21% 25% 28%
Not closely at all 8% 6% 9% 7% 9% 7% 4% 4% 14% 14%
TOTAL: Closely 69% 73% 65% 65% 69% 73% 73% 75% 61% 59%
TOTAL: Not closely 31% 27% 35% 35% 31% 27% 27% 25% 39% 41%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
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