Essential Report

Whether Government should legislate

Mar 7, 2017

Q. Which of the following statements represents your view of how the Government should respond to these penalty rate reductions?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Work full time Work part time
The Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates 31%   15% 55% 14% 32%   37% 27%
The Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates 51%   73% 29% 64% 52%   47% 51%
Don’t know 18%   12% 16% 22% 16%   16% 22%

51% think that the Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates and 31% think the Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates.

Those most likely to think the Government should pass legislation to protect current penalty rates were labor voters (73%), Greens voters (64%) and women (55%).

Those most likely to think the Government should accept the decision to cut penalty rates were Liberal National voters (55%), men (37%), aged 65+ (51%) and full-time workers (37%).

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