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Views towards federal vs state government responsibility to manage Covid-19 hotel quarantine system

Jul 6, 2021

Q. Which of the following statements about Australia’s international borders and the Covid-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travellers is closest to your view?

  05/07 15/02
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 62%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 38%
Base (n) 1,099 1,109

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system 71% 73% 69% 63% 74% 75% 75% 65% 69% 76%
It should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders and the federal government should be left out of this 29% 27% 31% 37% 26% 25% 25% 35% 31% 24%
Base (n) 1,099 539 560 341 373 385 404 388 87 114
  • More people think it should be the federal government’s responsibility to protect Australia’s international borders and manage the hotel quarantine system, than those who think it should be each state governments’ responsibility to quarantine travellers returning within their borders (71% to 29%).
  • The expectation that managing quarantine should be a federal government responsibility has increased from 62% in February to 71% this month.
  • The view that quarantine should be a federal rather than state government responsibility is held by the majority of both men and women, all age groups and voting intentions.

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