Decisions made in the Budget

May 20, 2014

Decisions made in the Budget (1)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Neither support nor oppose

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

17%

58%

5%

12%

21%

24%

34%

4%

Commonwealth funding extended to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degrees at a cost of $820 million over three years

43%

20%

9%

34%

30%

10%

10%

7%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

29%

50%

7%

22%

18%

18%

32%

2%

General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs.

23%

58%

5%

18%

18%

26%

32%

2%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

17%

61%

4%

13%

20%

22%

39%

3%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

39%

41%

16%

23%

17%

19%

22%

3%

Tightening eligibility criteria for disability support pensioners for those under 35

42%

33%

12%

30%

21%

16%

17%

4%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

53%

23%

16%

37%

22%

12%

11%

3%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

31%

43%

10%

21%

22%

20%

23%

4%

Privatise the Royal Australian Mint

18%

42%

4%

14%

31%

18%

24%

10%

Make those under 25 apply for Youth Allowance, instead of Newstart (Youth Allowance is around $100 less per fortnight

44%

32%

13%

31%

21%

16%

16%

3%

 

Decisions made in the Budget (1) (by voting intention)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Green

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees)

8%

81%

28%

35%

14%

69%

Commonwealth funding extended to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degrees at a cost of $820 million over three years

37%

27%

54%

13%

49%

8%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund.

10%

74%

56%

21%

18%

67%

General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs.

10%

77%

42%

28%

13%

69%

Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035

7%

80%

31%

37%

13%

62%

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

24%

60%

65%

15%

17%

64%

Tightening eligibility criteria for disability support pensioners for those under 35

32%

49%

62%

15%

26%

46%

University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345)

39%

36%

74%

8%

40%

33%

Cut 16,500 full-time jobs from the public service in the next 3 years

15%

64%

57%

16%

18%

59%

Privatise the Royal Australian Mint

12%

55%

26%

26%

14%

53%

Make those under 25 apply for Youth Allowance, instead of Newstart (Youth Allowance is around $100 less per fortnight

25%

52%

72%

8%

28%

47%

Decisions made in the Budget (2)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Strongly support

Support

Neither support nor oppose

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Spend $525 on a “green army”

18%

24%

3%

15%

37%

13%

11%

21%

Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities

59%

11%

15%

44%

25%

7%

4%

6%

$100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas

60%

11%

15%

45%

26%

7%

4%

4%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

27%

41%

10%

17%

26%

20%

21%

7%

Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat will lose the right to have their case independently reviewed or to have family reunions

48%

27%

25%

23%

19%

14%

13%

5%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

64%

13%

28%

36%

18%

6%

7%

5%

International commitment to spend 0.5 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid abandoned

44%

20%

15%

29%

27%

10%

10%

8%

$3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory

55%

15%

13%

42%

26%

9%

6%

5%

The HELP debt interest rate changed from CPI to the long term bond rate (an increase of around 1%)

24%

31%

7%

17%

35%

17%

14%

12%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

18%

49%

5%

13%

29%

25%

24%

4%

 

Decisions made in the Budget (2) (by voting intention)

Q. Do you support or oppose the following decisions that were made in the latest Federal Budget, announced on Tuesday 13th May:

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Green

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Total Support

Total Oppose

Spend $525 on a “green army”

13%

32%

26%

18%

20%

12%

Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities

59%

11%

61%

11%

77%

3%

$100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas

56%

14%

72%

6%

54%

8%

A $120M cut to the ABC’s budget

14%

56%

48%

21%

9%

72%

Asylum seekers who have arrived by boat will lose the right to have their case independently reviewed or to have family reunions

36%

39%

71%

9%

22%

54%

Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years

52%

22%

83%

3%

51%

33%

International commitment to spend 0.5 per cent of gross national income on foreign aid abandoned

32%

29%

64%

8%

23%

49%

$3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory

49%

19%

70%

7%

42%

27%

The HELP debt interest rate changed from CPI to the long term bond rate (an increase of around 1%)

13%

44%

40%

14%

17%

51%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

8%

66%

32%

28%

12%

71%

Decisions in the Budget: Comments

The highest levels of opposition were registered for:

  • Eligibility for the age pension to rise to 70 by 2035 (61% oppose, 17% support)
  • Deregulation of university fees (meaning universities can set their own tuition fees) (58% oppose, 17% support)
  • General patients to pay $5 more and concessional patients 80¢ more for prescription drugs (58% oppose, 23% support)
  • $7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP, with this money to be used to fund a Medical Research Future Fund (50% oppose, 29% support)

The items that more than 50% of Australians supported were:

  • University graduates to repay HELP debt once they earn $50,638 (reduced from $53,345) (53% support, 23% oppose)
  • $3.9bn over five years for major roads in Melbourne, Perth, Toowoomba, Adelaide and the Northern Territory (55% support, 15% oppose)
  • Invest $2.1 million in solar projects in local communities (59% support, 11% oppose)
  • $100 million for mobile blackspot and wireless coverage in regional areas (60% support, 11% oppose)
  • Foreign aid frozen at current levels for two years, helping save $7.6 billion over five years (64% support, 13% oppose)

The tables included demonstrate the various differences by voting intention.


Statements about the budget (by voting intention)

May 20, 2014

Q.  Please indicate whether – in general – you agree with the following statements about the Federal budget that was handed down on Tuesday 13 May.

 

Vote Labor

 

Vote Lib/Nat

 

Vote Green

 

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Total Agree

Total Disagree

Overall, the budget was fair and balanced

5%

79%

60%

13%

11%

71%

The cuts in the budget were necessary to ensure Australia’s future prosperity

15%

58%

80%

6%

20%

52%

This was the budget Australia needed

7%

73%

73%

9%

16%

69%

This budget only cares about the bottom line and not people

82%

5%

29%

42%

74%

11%

This budget hurts the most vulnerable in Australia

86%

6%

32%

35%

72%

10%

This budget does not look after the needs of business

23%

31%

15%

31%

14%

31%

I would have preferred for this budget to focus on improving services to Australians rather than curtailing the deficit

71%

6%

27%

42%

65%

8%

As the table indicated, Lib/Nat voters were more likely to agree with the positive statements about the budget, while Labor and Green voters were more likely to agree with the negative.

Budget Emergency

May 20, 2014

Q. Some people say that there is a “budget emergency” in Australia.

Which of the following is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

I agree that there is a ‘budget emergency’ in Australia, and I believe that the recently announced budget changes will help bring the budget back into line.

32%

10%

68%

16%

15%

I agree that there is a ‘budget emergency’ in Australia, but I don’t think the recently announced budget changes will help bring the budget back into line.

24%

29%

14%

25%

37%

I do not believe we have a budget emergency in Australia

32%

51%

12%

50%

36%

Don’t know

11%

11%

6%

9%

12%

Overall, 56% of Australians agree that there is a budget emergency.

32% agree that there is a budget emergency and that the recent budget will help bring the budget back into line. A further 24% agree that there is a budget emergency, but that the recent budget will not bring the budget back into line.

32% do not believe there is a budget emergency.

Labor (51%) and Greens (50%) voters were more likely to think that we do not have a budget emergency in Australia.

Impact of Budget

May 20, 2013

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for you personally?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for average working people?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for Australian businesses?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for the Australian economy overall?

 

You
personally

Working people

Australian
businesses

Economy
overall

 

10

11

12

13

12

13

10

11

12

13

10

11

12

13

Total good

22%

11%

17%

13%

31%

17%

27%

20%

10%

15%

36%

27%

26%

26%

Total bad

26%

29%

26%

36%

24%

40%

32%

25%

43%

33%

28%

29%

32%

34%

Very good

3%

2%

2%

2%

4%

2%

3%

3%

1%

2%

6%

4%

4%

5%

Good

19%

9%

15%

11%

27%

15%

24%

17%

9%

13%

30%

23%

22%

21%

Neither good
nor bad

33%

44%

44%

38%

33%

30%

9%

31%

29%

32%

10%

25%

25%

24%

Bad

18%

21%

17%

22%

19%

27%

22%

19%

28%

20%

18%

21%

21%

21%

Very bad

8%

8%

9%

14%

5%

13%

10%

6%

15%

13%

10%

8%

11%

13%

Don’t know

20%

16%

12%

12%

12%

12%

31%

23%

18%

19%

26%

20%

17%

15%

In terms of the economy overall, there was a similar response to the 2013 budget as to the last two year’s budgets. 26% (no change from last year) thought the budget was good for the economy and 34% (up 2%) thought it was bad.  56% of Labor voters thought the budget was good for the economy and 8% bad while only 8% of Liberal/national voters thought it was good and 56% bad.

38% of respondents thought the Federal budget was neither good nor bad for them personally – 13% (down 4% on last year) said it was good and 36% (up 10%) bad. 51% of those aged 55+ thought it was neither.

17% (down 14%) thought it was good for working people and 40% (up 16%) thought it was bad.

15% (up 5%) thought the budget was good for businesses, 33% (down 10%) bad and 32% said it was neither.

Government spending cuts

May 20, 2013

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget has cut Government spending by too much, not enough or about the right amount?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Cut spending too much

20%

20%

19%

23%

Not cut spending enough

34%

13%

54%

25%

Cut spending about right amount

21%

42%

9%

29%

Don’t know

25%

25%

18%

23%

34% thought that the Federal budget had not cut Government spending enough. 20% thought it had cut spending too much and 21% thought it had cut spending about right.

42% of Labor voters thought the spending cuts were about right while 54% of Liberal/National voters thought spending had not been cut enough.

Budget surplus

Feb 5, 2013

Q. Thinking about the Federal Government budget, how important do you believe it is for the budget to be in surplus…?

 

Total impor
-tant

Total
not impor
-tant

Very impor
-tant

Quite Impor
-tant

Not very impor
-tant

Not
at all impor
-tant

Don’t know

Total impor
-tant
2 Oct
12

…for the country as a whole

69%

26%

28%

41%

22%

4%

5%

68%

…for you personally

54%

39%

20%

34%

29%

10%

7%

46%

A clear majority of respondents (69%) regard having a Federal Government budget surplus to be important for the country as a whole, whereas a somewhat smaller majority regard it to be important for them personally (54%).

39% of respondents believe having a Federal Government budget surplus was not important for them personally.

Since this question was last asked in October, those who think a budget surplus is important for them personally has increased from 46% to 54%.

Those most likely to think a budget surplus is important to them personally were Liberal/National voters (67%) and full-time workers (60%).

Federal government surplus

Oct 2, 2012

Q. Thinking about the federal government budget, how important do you believe it is for the budget to be in surplus…?

 

Total important

Total not important

Very important

Quite Important

Not very important

Not at all important

Don’t know

…for the country as a whole

68%

22%

26%

42%

18%

4%

10%

…for you personally

46%

42%

15%

31%

31%

11%

11%

A clear majority of respondents (68%) regard having a federal government budget surplus to be important for the country as a whole, whereas a significantly smaller portion regard to be important for them personally (46%).

Forty two per cent (42%) of respondents believe having a federal government budget surplus was not important for them personally.

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total important

Total not important

Total important

Total not important

Total important

Total not important

…for the country as a whole

59%

31%

78%

16%

58%

34%

…for you personally

39%

49%

59%

32%

28%

65%

Looking at the results by voting intention, Coalition voters were the most likely to regard a federal budget surplus to be important for the country as a whole (78%) as well as for them personally (59%).

Greens voters were the most likely to regard it as not important for them personally (65%).

Will the Budget solve our two speed economy?

May 15, 2012


Paul Bastian welcomes the tax on mining profits and the Government’s continued commitment to manufacturing.

It’s no secret that the mining boom has pushed the dollar sky high and caused problems for manufacturers. But Paul Bastian believes the Government is right to be investing in the future and promoting maths and science.

He tells 3Q that innovation in manufacturing is the key to the future and it must be protected at all costs.

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