Essential Report

Government legislation

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Some of the Government’s legislation has not yet been passed by Parliament. Do you think the Senate should vote for or against the following legislation? 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote for legislation

 

Vote for

Vote against

Don’t know

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

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

39%

48%

13%

29%

59%

14%

34%

Lower the Renewable Energy Target

26%

51%

23%

17%

43%

4%

18%

Deregulation of university fees

23%

56%

21%

14%

39%

9%

24%

Paid Parental Leave on 6 months’ full pay

30%

57%

13%

30%

28%

32%

27%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

20%

65%

14%

10%

37%

3%

22%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP.

24%

68%

8%

9%

45%

12%

29%

Increase in fuel tax (fuel excise indexation)

18%

72%

10%

14%

25%

23%

17%

Respondents were more likely to think the Senate should vote against all listed outstanding legislation.

The strongest opposition was to increasing the fuel excise (72%), the $7 Medicare co-payment (68%) and cuts to university funding (65%).

The only legislation which was supported by a majority of Liberal/National voters was a six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (59% for/27% against). A majority of Liberal/National voters thought the Senate should vote against increasing the fuel excise (66%) and the paid parental leave scheme (62%).

Trolling

Sep 17, 2012

Q. Would you support the introduction of government legislation to prevent people from using social media to attack and bully individuals (known as ‘trolling’)?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total Support

83%

84%

85%

82%

Total Oppose

9%

9%

9%

12%

Strongly support

55%

58%

55%

45%

Support

28%

26%

30%

37%

Oppose

6%

8%

6%

6%

Strongly oppose

3%

1%

3%

6%

Don’t know

7%

7%

6%

7%

The vast majority of respondents support the introduction of government legislation to prevent people from trolling (83%), whilst 9% oppose any such introduction.

There are no significant variations by voting intention.

Female respondents are far more likely to strongly support a ban on trolling (61%) compared with male respondents (48%).

Looking at the results by age, those aged 45-54 (61%), 55-64 (61%) and 65+ (69%) were all significantly more likely to strongly support a ban.

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