Essential Report

Reef versus Coal

Jun 6, 2017

Q. Adani’s proposed Carmichael Coal Mine is expected to create jobs in central Queensland, but may endanger tourism-related jobs due to potential damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef. Do you believe there is a trade-off between these types of jobs, and which do you think should be prioritised?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
There is a trade-off and jobs relying on the Great Barrier Reef should be prioritised 41%   47% 35% 60% 49%
There is a trade-off and jobs relying on the coal industry should be prioritised 12%   12% 18% 6% 7%
There is no trade-off between reef jobs and coal jobs 21%   17% 27% 14% 26%
Don’t know 25%   25% 20% 20% 18%

 

41% thought that there was a trade-off between Reef jobs and coal jobs, and that Reef jobs should be prioritised, while 12% thought that there was a trade-off and coal jobs should be prioritised. 21% did not think there was a trade-off.

Of those who thought there was a trade-off between Reef jobs and coal jobs, 77% thought that Reef jobs should be prioritised, and 23% thought that coal jobs should be prioritised.

Queenslanders were more likely than other states to think that there was no trade-off between reef jobs and coal jobs (26%).

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