Essential Report

Defence forces pay increase

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Australia’s defence forces have been awarded a 1.5% annual pay increase for the next three years. Do you think this pay increase is fair or unfair?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Work full time

Work part time

No increase

Increase up to 1.5%

Increase more than 1.5%

Total fair

42%

37%

50%

42%

39%

45%

38%

50%

55%

34%

Total unfair

47%

52%

43%

33%

56%

45%

44%

37%

38%

61%

Very fair

11%

9%

12%

8%

16%

12%

9%

15%

13%

5%

Fair

31%

28%

38%

34%

23%

33%

29%

35%

42%

29%

Unfair

28%

25%

31%

30%

37%

26%

33%

24%

26%

37%

Very unfair

19%

27%

13%

3%

19%

19%

11%

13%

12%

24%

Don’t know

12%

11%

6%

25%

5%

10%

17%

14%

7%

5%

42% think the 1.5% pay increase awarded to the defence forces is fair and 47% think it is unfair.

A majority of Labor voters (52%) and other voters (56%) think it is unfair.

A majority of workers who said they had received no pay increase or an increase of 1.5% or less in the last 12 months thought the defence forces pay increase was fair while 61% of those who had received a pay increase greater than 1.5% thought it was unfair.

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