The Opinion Leaders sample
covers 16 industries and was drawn from the “top end” of Roy Morgan
Single Source – an Australia-wide sample of people whose income is $80,000+
or who are in the top occupational categories. It included samples from readers
of Crikey, the Henry Thornton economics website, members of the
Australian Institute of International Affairs members and associates of
the Marcus Oldham rural body.

The majority (65%) of Opinion
Leaders believe that the proposed IR reforms will be a bad thing for
Australia, as do 49% of all Australians.

But Australia ‘s
Opinion Leaders are more likely to disagree with the proposed
Industrial Relations reforms than the average Australian. A recent
Morgan Poll found that 55% of Australians aged over 14 disagree with
the reforms, while 23% agree and 22% can’t say.

Although overall
less than a third (32%) of Opinion Leaders agree with the proposed
reforms, a majority of those Opinion Leaders working in the
agricultural (64%) and manufacturing (55%) industries agree with the
proposed changes. Those Opinion Leaders working in construction were
fairly evenly divided, with 46% agreeing with the proposed Industrial
Relations reforms and 54% disagreeing.

Large majorities of
Opinion Leaders working in education (87%), health (83%) and
media/communications (79%) disagree with the proposed reforms, while
only about one in five (21%) believe the proposed reforms will be a good
thing for Australia.

Read the full report here.

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