Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. Here�s how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.

 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate


On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.


RSS 2.0

Voters' views on the federal Budget: no longer 'relaxed and comfortable'

By Tim Grau - posted Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Far from "relaxed and comfortable" Australians feel angst about the future and want more from their political leaders according to the latest online research conducted by On Line Opinion in conjunction with Springboard Australia.

For the second year in a row, unique research of voters' views has provided a new insight into Australians’ attitudes towards the recent federal Budget and their perceptions of the federal government, opposition and political leaders.

The research, conducted immediately after the recent federal Budget, was designed to find out what voters really think about issues rather than relying on simple quantitative polls that do not explain why people have certain views or why they plan to vote a particular way.


Is Australia heading in the right direction?

When voters were asked if Australia was heading in the right direction a similar mood to that detected last year persisted with one important change.

On the economic front, voters believe the country is heading in the right direction. Australia was seen to have "strong economic growth, relatively low inflation and unemployment and almost no government debt". Typical comments made by swinging or undecided voters were:

  • "The economy is strong with repeated surpluses being the envy of other OECD countries."
  • "The economy is strong the nation is secure most people willing to work can get a job."

A new finding this year, and in an ominous note for the Labor Opposition, swinging voters who identified themselves as traditionally Labor voters were comfortable about the state and direction of the economy.

A swinging Victorian Labor voter summed up this view by declaring:

  • "Essentially we are in relatively prosperous time and it looks like it is going to continue."

Critically, many voters did harbour some concerns about the direction of the country on an economic front.

Their concerns were about the future and displayed a sophisticated view of the state of the nation and the problems they perceive it faces. Invariably these concerns related to the need for further spending on infrastructure, the future and tax reform.

  • "We need investment in infrastructure, both hard (for example telecommunications and roads) and soft (skills, education and health)."
  • "We need to get freight off the roads and onto rebuilt rail lines."
  • "… woeful failure to address infrastructure …"
  • "… there was not total change to our present taxation system nor infrastructure allowances for building for future water needs."
  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
  8. All

Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

3 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

Tim Grau is a one-time adviser to former Queensland Labor premier Wayne Goss and ex-federal attorney-general Michael Lavarch. He is the founding director of the public affairs firm, Springboard Australia.

Other articles by this Author

All articles by Tim Grau

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Article Tools
Comment 3 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy