Essential Report

Taxation

Nov 10, 2015

Q. To raise more Government revenue to maintain services and reduce debt, which of the following actions would you favour most?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Increase the GST

27%

19%

39%

16%

25%

Increase income taxes

26%

34%

24%

36%

24%

Expand the GST to cover food, health and education

14%

13%

16%

10%

17%

Don’t know

33%

34%

21%

37%

34%

To raise more Government revenue to maintain services and reduce debt, 27% favoured increasing the GST, 26% favoured increasing income taxes and 14% expanding the coverage of the GST.

Liberal/National voters (39%) were more inclined to favour increasing the GST while Labor voters (34%) and Greens voters (36%) favoured increasing income tax.

Women favoured increasing income taxes (30%) while men favoured increasing the GST (32%). For full-time workers, 33% favoured increasing the GST and 19% increasing income taxes.

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