Most important factor in government regulation

Feb 5, 2013

Q. What should be the most important factor Governments consider in relation to regulating each of these issues – protecting rights and freedom, protecting people’s health and safety or managing the cost to taxpayers (e.g. health costs of drug/alcohol/tobacco use)?

 

Protecting rights and freedom 

Protecting people’s health and safety

Managing the cost to taxpayers

Don’t know

Wearing seatbelts in cars

5%

89%

3%

3%

Wearing bike helmets

6%

88%

3%

3%

Personal use of recreational drugs

14%

64%

13%

10%

Smoking in public places

16%

70%

8%

6%

Buying and consuming alcohol

18%

64%

11%

7%

Shopping hours

48%

13%

16%

23%

Cigarette packaging

15%

65%

10%

10%

Junk food advertising

13%

70%

8%

9%

Gambling, poker machines

22%

46%

20%

12%

Films (i.e. censorship)

51%

21%

8%

19%

The internet

56%

21%

7%

16%

Making public statements which other people might find offensive

54%

18%

5%

23%

For most of the areas listed above, the majority of respondents thought the most important factor for Governments to consider was ‘protecting people’s health and safety’.

The areas where respondents thought that is was more important to consider ‘protecting rights and freedoms’ were the internet (56%), making statements which other people might find offensive (54%), films (51%) and shopping hours (48%). ‘Managing the cost to tax payers’ was not considered to be an important factor by most respondents.

Most Important Factor in Government Regulation

Apr 30, 2012

Q. What should be the most important factor Governments consider in relation to regulating each of these issues – protecting rights and freedom, protecting people’s health and safety or managing the cost to taxpayers (e.g. health costs of drug/alcohol/tobacco use)?

 

Protecting rights and freedom 

Protecting people’s health and safety

Managing the cost to taxpayers

Don’t know

Wearing seatbelts in cars

5%

91%

3%

2%

Wearing bike helmets

6%

89%

3%

2%

Personal use of recreational drugs

18%

61%

12%

9%

Smoking in public places

19%

67%

9%

5%

Buying and consuming alcohol

25%

58%

11%

6%

Shopping hours

55%

11%

16%

19%

Cigarette packaging

16%

61%

14%

8%

Junk food advertising

16%

66%

11%

8%

Films (i.e. censorship)

59%

19%

7%

15%

The internet

62%

18%

6%

15%

 

For most of the areas listed above, the majority of respondents thought the most important factor for Governments to consider was ‘protecting people’s health and safety’.

 

The three areas where respondents thought that is was more important to consider ‘protecting rights and freedoms’ were ‘the internet’ (62%), ‘films’ (59%) and ‘shopping hours’ (55%).

 

‘Managing the cost to tax payers’ was not considered to be an important factor by most respondents.

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Workplace Issues

Nov 21, 2011

Q. How much say should employees have in the following issues in their workplace?

Total a lot/

some say

A lot of say Some say A little say No say at all Don’t know
Health and safety 90% 63% 27% 7% 2% 1%
Working conditions 88% 55% 33% 8% 2% 1%
When they can take annual leave 86% 42% 44% 11% 2% 2%
Hours of work and rostering 77% 26% 51% 19% 3% 2%
Wages 76% 24% 52% 18% 4% 2%
Offshoring jobs (i.e. transferring jobs to another country) 66% 37% 29% 18% 12% 4%
Redundancies 65% 24% 41% 21% 11% 3%
CEO salary and bonuses 59% 29% 30% 18% 20% 3%
Board decisions 44% 16% 28% 29% 22% 4%

A majority of respondents think employees should have a lot or some say in all workplace issues listed except for board decisions.

63% think employees should have a lot of say in health and safety, 55% in working conditions, 42% in annual leave and 37% in offshoring jobs.

Those on lower incomes (under $1,000pw) were more likely to think employees should have a lot of say in off-shoring jobs (45%) and CEO salary and bonuses (35%).

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