Q. Which of the following should be mainly the responsibility of the Federal Government and which should be mainly the responsibility of the State Governments – or should they have equal responsibility?
|Mainly Federal||Mainly State||Both
|Constructing new roads and highways||17%||29%||44%||10%|
|Investing in public transport||10%||45%||36%||8%|
|Improving the health system||36%||11%||47%||7%|
|Improving the education system||30%||14%||48%||7%|
|Managing mining projects and mining profits||35%||19%||34%||11%|
|Investing in regional areas||16%||33%||42%||8%|
|Managing the environment||28%||11%||53%||8%|
|Managing our water resources||21%||18%||52%||8%|
|Addressing climate change||35%||6%||48%||11%|
|Industrial relations issues||36%||14%||40%||10%|
|Reliable and affordable electricity and gas supply||27%||17%||48%||8%|
45% think that investing in public transport is mainly the responsibility of state governments, and 35% think that managing mining projects and mining profits is mainly the responsibility of the federal government. For all other responsibilities, the largest proportion think that responsibility should be shared equally between state and federal government.
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.
In this week's report:
- Performance of Scott Morrison
- Performance of Anthony Albanese
- Preferred Prime Minister
- Views towards re-electing the federal Coalition government
- Party trust to handle issues
- Importance of Australia’s international reputation
- Scott Morrison’s impact on Australia’s international reputation
- Views towards Australia’s international reputation