Q. From the following list, what do you think are the three most important roles of the Federal Government? (Number from 1 to 3 where 1 is the most important, 2 the second most important, etc)
|Delivering basic services like health and education||18%||27%||20%||65%|
|Managing the economy in uncertain economic times||20%||15%||14%||49%|
|Making the big decisions for the nations future||20%||12%||12%||44%|
|Ensuring that all Australians benefit from Australia’s wealth||13%||10%||11%||34%|
|Supporting Australian industries to provide jobs||8%||12%||12%||32%|
|Reducing government spending so money can be returned back to taxpayers||9%||8%||8%||25%|
|Investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband||3%||7%||10%||20%|
|Providing support to the most disadvantaged||4%||4%||8%||16%|
Respondents considered that the most important roles of the Federal Government were delivering basic services like health and hospitals (65%), managing the economy in uncertain economic times (49%) and making the big decisions for the nations future (44%).
The least important roles were providing support for the most disadvantaged (16%), investing in infrastructure including road rail and broadband (20%) and reducing government spending so money can be returned to taxpayers (25%).
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