Q. The Federal Government has recently passed legislation for paid parental leave which provides parents with 18 weeks of paid leave at the minimum wage of $543 a week. Do you approve or disapprove of this decision?
55% approved the Government’s paid parental leave scheme and 33% dispproved. Support was weaker among Liberal/National voters – 48% approve/43% disapprove. Labor voters split 64%/29% and Greens 68%/23%.
Younger respondent were much more supportive than older respondents – among those aged under 35, 75% approved and 9% disapproved.
41% of those aged 55+ approved and 53% disapproved. Women (58%/32%) were a little more supportive than men (53%/35%). Comments »
Q. Which of the following approaches do you think the Government should take in their dispute with the mining companies over the proposed resources super profits tax?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Proceed with the tax as planned||11%||17%||4%||17%|
|Compromise a little and make minor changes to the tax||35%||52%||18%||62%|
|Compromise a lot and make major changes to the tax||26%||20%||41%||7%|
|Not proceed with the tax in any form||14%||3%||30%||5%|
Nearly half the respondents (46%) believe that the Government should proceed with the resources super profits tax unchanged or with minor changes. Only 14% oppose that tax in any form and 26% think the Government should make major changes to the tax.
69% of Labor voters want the tax to proceed unchanged or with minor changes as does 79% of Greens voters. 41% of Liberal/National voters want major changes and 30% do not want the tax in any form. Comments »
Q. Over the next 12 months do you think economic conditions in Australia will get better, get worse or stay much the same?
|1 Dec 08||15 Jun 09||5 Oct 09||18 Jan 10||29 Mar 10||28 Jun 10|
|Get a lot better||2%||5%||8%||9%||9%||5%|
|Get a little better||19%||38%||58%||44%||45%||28%|
|Get a little worse||45%||28%||11%||14%||13%||23%|
|Get a lot worse||16%||9%||4%||5%||6%||8%|
|Stay much the same||13%||17%||15%||24%||22%||30%|
Respondents were divided over whether the economy will get better or worse over the next 12 months – 33% (down 21%) think it will get better and 31% (up 12%) worse. 30% (up 8%) think it will stay much the same.
This is a considerable negative shift from the results over the last 12 months. Men (38% better/29% worse) were somewhat more optimistic than women (28%/32%) Comments »
Q. Over the next 12 months do you think your personal financial situation will get better, get worse or stay much the same?
|29 Mar 10||28 Jun 10|
|Get a lot better||8%||5%|
|Get a little better||32%||24%|
|Get a little worse||17%||21%|
|Get a lot worse||6%||10%|
|Stay much the same||33%||37%|
Respondents were similarly divided over whether their personal financial situation will get better or worse over the next 12 months – 29% (down 11%) think it will get better and 31% (up 8%) worse. 37% (up 4%) think it will stay much the same. Although this represents a significant negative shift, it is not as big a shift as the overall economic outlook from the previous question.
Men (32% better/25% worse) were more optimistic than women (25%/35%). Optimism was also higher for upper income groups – those earning over $1,600 pw split 42% better/23% worse while those earning under $1,000 pw split 18% better/36% worse. Comments »
Q. How concerned are you that you or some member of your immediate family will lose their job in the next year or so: very concerned, somewhat concerned, or not at all concerned?
|16 Feb 09||27 Apr 09||8 Jun 09||5 Oct 09||18 Jan 10||29 Mar 10||28 Jun 10|
|Not at all concerned||29%||23%||35%||40%||40%||45%||38%|
|No employees in the immediate family||5%||5%||8%||5%||8%||9%||7%|
43% were very or somewhat concerned that someone in their family might lose their job in the next year. This was 4% higher than the March result but lower than previous results over the last 12 months. There were no substantial differences by income. Comments »
Q. Thinking about your personal financial situation, do you agree or disagree with the statement “The economy may be doing well but I am not any better off”?
69% agreed with the statement “the economy may be doing well but I am not any better off” and 22% disagreed.
Those most likely to agree were part-time workers (79%), aged 45+ (76%) and those earning less than $600 pw (77%). There were no substantial differences by voting intention. Comments »
“He must be sacked”.
“We must send a group of former factions to see him and tell him that if he doesn’t change the game plan – then he has to go.”
“This team is meant to embody the spirit of our nation and the performance we’ve put in is not only unpopular but it’s a disgrace to our whole nation,” he said.
“You can’t blame the players, they didn’t have a plan that they believed in or even understood what it was.
“PM doesn’t understand us, he doesn’t understand our fighting spirit. Comments »
I, like many other ‘Gen Y-can’t-I-do-everything-on-my-iPhone?’, first heard about the political events of last week while browsing my iphone for twitter, news feeds and facebook status updates, in front of the slower to react television on Wednesday night.
And feed we did.
As soon as the door shut on the then Prime Minister’s office, social networks were abuzz with the thought of a coup, thousands of tweeps all across Australia were glued to their 140 character evening dinner, with each and all sharing their pointed opinion on the ensuing #spill.
24hr news was being fed from all of this online action, with sky news reporters constantly taking advice and proclaiming news from their iphone instant news features, SMS and Twitter.
Pass the buttered corn. Comments »
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