Essential Report

Tony Abbott’s policy proposals

Mar 7, 2017

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following proposals for actions the Federal Government could take?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 40% 38% 12% 28% 19% 19% 22%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 33% 44% 12% 21% 25% 19% 23%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 43% 41% 15% 28% 29% 12% 17%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 28% 27% 30% 18% 10% 15%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 34% 14% 27% 22% 12% 25%

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following proposals for actions which Tony Abbott has said the Federal Government should take

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 47% 33% 16% 31% 13% 20% 20%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 39% 43% 14% 25% 25% 18% 18%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 51% 35% 22% 29% 25% 10% 14%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 31% 29% 28% 18% 13% 12%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 37% 18% 23% 23% 14% 23%


Note: this question was split so that half the sample were told that Tony Abbott had made these proposals and half were asked about the proposals without any reference to Tony Abbott.

The question which referenced Tony Abbott showed higher support for cutting the RET, abolishing the Human Rights Commission and stopping all new Government spending but similar support for cutting immigration and reforming the Senate.

Overall, support for each proposal was higher than opposition except for abolishing the Human Rights Commission.

Among Liberal National voters, reference to Tony Abbott increased agreement with stopping new spending (from 51% to 62%) but made only small differences to other proposals.

Among Labor voters, reference to Tony Abbott increased agreement with abolishing the RET (from 36% to 44%) and abolishing the Human Rights Commission (from 24% to 32%).

A majority of Liberal National voters agreed with each proposal except for abolishing the Human Rights Commission.

No reference to Tony Abbott Total agree Total disagree   Labor voters agree Labor voters disagree LNP Voters agree LNP voters disagree
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 40% 38% 36% 46% 56% 24%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 33% 44% 24% 56% 42% 39%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 43% 41% 38% 47% 51% 38%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 28% 53% 34% 69% 19%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 34% 39% 38% 57% 24%

 

Reference to Tony Abbott Total agree Total disagree   Labor voters agree Labor voters disagree LNP Voters agree LNP voters disagree
Abolish subsidies for renewables and cut renewable energy targets to reduce household power bills 47% 33% 44% 36% 57% 28%
Abolish the Human Rights Commission to allow more free speech 39% 43% 32% 53% 46% 45%
Stop all new government spending to reduce future debt 51% 35% 42% 47% 62% 27%
Cut immigration to make housing more affordable 57% 31% 49% 41% 63% 30%
Reform the Senate to reduce the power of small parties. 41% 37% 34% 40% 59% 26%

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