Essential Report

Centrelink debt recovery vs politicians’ entitlements

Jan 24, 2017

Q. Which of the following issues are you more concerned about – over payments to welfare recipients or how politicians use their travel expenses?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Over payments to welfare recipients 8%   5% 14% 10% 7%
Politicians travel expenses 46%   52% 35% 60% 50%
Both equally 40%   38% 48% 29% 40%
Neither 2%   3% 1% 1%
Don’t know 4%   2% 2% 1% 2%

 46% are more concerned about how politicians use their travel expenses than over payments to welfare recipients and 40% are equally concerned about both. Only 8% are more concerned about over payments to welfare recipients.

Those most concerned about how politicians use their travel expenses were Labor voters (52%), Greens voters (60%) and aged 18-34 (51%).

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