Essential Report

Minimum wage

Feb 3, 2015

Q. The current Australian minimum wage for adult workers is $16.37 per hour or $640.90 for a 38-hour week. Do you think this is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Work full time

Work part time

Total too low

61%

69%

43%

73%

74%

51%

68%

Total too high

6%

2%

12%

6%

3%

10%

2%

Much too low

25%

31%

13%

28%

34%

22%

29%

A little to low

36%

38%

30%

45%

40%

29%

39%

About right

27%

24%

39%

18%

19%

32%

24%

A little too high

3%

1%

7%

1%

2%

5%

2%

Much too high

3%

1%

5%

5%

1%

5%

Don’t know

7%

5%

6%

2%

4%

6%

7%

61% believe that the current minimum wage is too low, 27% think it is about right and 6% think it is too high.

Those most likely to think it is too low were Greens voters (73%), Labor voters (69%), part time workers (68%) and women (67%).

Policies important to fostering equality

Jun 11, 2014

Q. Which areas of government policy are most important to fostering equality in Australia? (select 2)

 

Total

 

First

Second

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Access to affordable health care

60%

32%

28%

69%

53%

54%

60%

A minimum wage that covers the basics of life

45%

22%

23%

44%

49%

53%

46%

Well resourced public schools

28%

12%

16%

26%

30%

34%

35%

A strong social welfare system

24%

12%

12%

37%

13%

33%

19%

Policies that ensure strong economic growth like cutting company tax

20%

11%

9%

8%

38%

4%

17%

Taxes that redistribute wealth across generations e.g. inheritance tax

8%

4%

4%

10%

6%

10%

11%

Don’t know

7%

7%

7%

5%

7%

3%

7%

The most important areas of Government policy in fostering equality in Australia were access to affordable health care (60%) and a minimum wage that covers the basics of life (45%).

Labor voters were more likely to nominate a strong social welfare system (37%) while Liberal/National voters were more likely to favour policies that ensure strong economic growth like cutting company tax (38%).

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