GST on On-line Purchasing

Jan 17, 2011

Q. Currently GST is not charged on on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies.  Would you approve or disapprove GST being applied to on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 18% 17% 22% 19%
Total disapprove 71% 74% 67% 73%
Strongly approve 6% 8% 6% 5%
Approve 12% 9% 16% 14%
Disapprove 23% 22% 25% 19%
Strongly disapprove 48% 52% 42% 54%
Don’t know 11% 9% 11% 8%

71% disapprove of GST being applied to on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies and 18% approve.

Strongest disapproval is shown by women (74%), Labor voters (74%), Greens voters (73%) and age groups 35-44 (77%) and 25-34 (74%).

74% of online shoppers disapprove and 17% approve – while for those who buy online more often (more than six times a year) 80% disapprove and 12% approve.

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Government decision making

Jan 17, 2011

Q. Governments often need to consider the interests of a number of stakeholders when making decisions, including those of corporate interests. In general, do you think when governments make decisions, they –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour corporate interests 60% 64% 55% 76%
Total favour voter interests 9% 4% 14% 2%
Very strongly favour corporate interests 26% 27% 20% 40%
Somewhat favour corporate interests 34% 37% 35% 36%
Balance the interests of voters and corporate interests 19% 21% 22% 15%
Somewhat favour the interests of voters 5% 2% 9%
Very strongly favour the interests of voters 4% 2% 5% 2%
Don’t know 12% 12% 8% 6%

60% of respondents think that governments in general make decisions in favour of corporate interests. 9% think they make decisions in favour of voter interests and 19% think they balance the interests of voters and corporations.

By gender – men split 56% corporate interests, 12% voters interests, 24% balanced and women 65% corporate, 4% voters, 15% balanced.

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GST

Apr 27, 2010

Q9. Would you be prepared to pay more GST if it was:

  Yes No Don’t know
Directly invested in hospitals and health services 42% 48% 10%
Invested in aged pensions 38% 50% 12%
Directly invested in vital infrastructure like roads and railways 28% 59% 12%
Paid off all our national debt 20% 66% 13%
Created a fund for Australia to invest in other countries (like China does) 11% 74% 15%

Respondents were most likely to support an increase in GST if it was directly invested in hospitals and health services (42%) and invested in aged pensions (38%).

However, those opposed to increasing the GST outnumbered those in favour for all options. Increasing GST to pay off national debt was strongly rejected (66%).

Labor voters were a little more supportive of paying more GST to invest in infrastructure (36%) and hospitals and health services (45%). Liberal/National voters were more likely to support increasing GST for investing in aged pensions (44%). Comments »

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