Essential Report

Reasons for tax reform

Feb 9, 2016

There has recently been a lot of talk about tax reform. What do you think is the main reason the Government is considering tax reform? And what do you think is the second reason?

  Total Main reason Second reason   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
To address the budget deficit 58% 44% 14%   53% 68% 61% 57%
To maintain Government services like health and education 30% 12% 18%   27% 40% 20% 24%
To encourage economic growth 26% 9% 17%   24% 32% 29% 18%
To help businesses make bigger profits 14% 8% 6%   21% 4% 31% 22%
To make the tax system fairer 11% 3% 8%   7% 18% 9% 12%
To boost employment 10% 3% 7%   11% 10% 9% 8%
To invest in infrastructure 5% 1% 4%   6% 6% 6% 2%
Don’t know 20% 20% 26%   23% 8% 16% 24%

58% believe that one of the main two reasons the Government is considering tax reform is to address the budget deficit. 30% think it is to maintain Government services and 26% to encourage economic growth. Only 5% think it is to invest in infrastructure and 10% think it is to boost employment.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it is to maintain services (40%) and make the system fairer (18%).

21% of Labor voters and 31% of Greens voters think it is to help businesses make bigger profits.

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