Essential Report

Tax Cut or Workplace Laws

May 30, 2017

Q. Do you think you would be better off with a personal income tax cut, or strengthened workplace laws that enable you to negotiate a pay rise from your employer?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
A personal income tax cut 52% 55% 54% 49% 55%
Stronger workplace laws that allow me to negotiate a pay rise from my employer 23% 24% 23% 31% 20%
Don’t know 25% 21% 23% 20% 25%

52% thought they would be better off with a personal income tax cut than stronger workplace laws. Those most likely to think this were those aged 45-54 (63%), those working full time (61%) and those aged 35-44 (60%).

23% thought they would be better off with stronger workplace laws than a personal income tax cut. Those most likely to think this were South Australians (31% prefer), Greens voters (31%) and Victorians (29%).

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