Essential Report

Performance of State Premiers

Oct 20, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job <NAME> is doing as State Premier?

[Only asked in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA]



Gladys Berejiklian


Daniel Andrews


Annastacia Palaszczuk


Steven Marshall


Mark McGowan


Strongly approve 27% 25% 23% 16% 53%
Approve 41% 29% 39% 36% 31%
Disapprove 14% 16% 12% 14% 6%
Strongly disapprove 9% 24% 15% 5% 1%
Don’t know 11% 6% 10% 29% 10%
TOTAL: Approve 67% 54% 62% 51% 84%
TOTAL: Disapprove 22% 40% 28% 20% 7%
Base (n) 352 274 217 82 105
  • Mark McGowan in WA has the highest approval of State premiers, with 84% approving of his leadership, and just 7% disapproval.
  • Victorian Dan Andrews has the lowest approval rating (54% approval, with 40% disapproval). He maintains approval among Labor voters (78% approval), but majority of Coalition voters in Victoria disapprove of his leadership (54%).
  • Gladys Berejiklian has a high approval rating compared to other state premiers (67%). She has a majority approval among Coalition voters (83%), Labor voters (57%) and other parties (60%).
  • 62% of Queenslanders approval of the job Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing ahead of the election later this month. 28% disapprove of the Queensland premier, driven by high disapproval ratings among Coalition voters (37%).

The WA Boom…In Prison Population

Aug 8, 2012

All you hear mostly about the mining boom in Western Australia is the wonders of people making money hand over fist…well, mostly Gina and her band. But, there’s another side: the overcrowding in prisons.

As the WA Prison Officers’ Union has been pointing out for some time, via its Respect The Risk campaign, there is a serious problem — which is finally being recognized by in a new report by Western Australia’s Inspector of Custodial Services. The union saw this coming a long time ago, as WAPOU Secretary John Welch says:

Today’s report from the Inspector of Custodial Services lists the State Government’s failure to replace or renovate vital infrastructure at Albany Prison, some of which has needed attention for many years…Mr Morgan’s report highlights the opening of a new accommodation unit earlier this year only for another unit to be mothballed at the same time – saying the government has ‘redistributed not redressed’ the overcrowding problem at the prison.

Once again, a union has seen ahead of the curve — because its members are the ones dealing, in this case, with overcrowding and the threat to the working conditions of its members from the push to privatisation. Action now would speak a whole lot louder than just a report, as welcome as it might be.



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