Essential Report

Reason for Bringing in Overseas Workers

Jun 12, 2012

Q. Why do you think mining companies would bring in overseas workers for Australia’s mines?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Australia doesn’t have enough skilled workers

18%

20%

18%

19%

Australians don’t want to work in the mining industry

17%

17%

18%

18%

It is cheaper to bring in overseas workers

59%

60%

58%

58%

Don’t know

6%

3%

5%

5%

59% think that mining companies bring in overseas workers because it is cheaper, 18% think Australia doesn’t have enough skilled workers and 17% think Australians don’t want to work in the mining industry.

Views were similar across all voter and demographic groups.

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