Dec 3, 2013

Essential: no to GST on imports, and our changing TV habits

Today's Essential Report shows opposition to reducing the GST threshold for goods purchased online, and looks at how we now view TV and films.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australians are opposed to any lowering of the GST threshold for goods purchased online from overseas providers, new polling from Essential Research shows, and they strongly disapprove of lifting the pension age.

Lowering the $1000 GST threshold on imported goods is opposed by 53% of voters, with 35% supporting it. Voters aged 35-54 are particularly hostile, at 57% opposition, while Coalition voters are least opposed, 47% to 43%. And 70% of voters, aptly, oppose lifting the pension age to 70 years, although opposition is strongest among over-55s, a large proportion of whom are already retired. While Labor and Coalition voters are indistinguishable on the issue, Greens voters are the least opposed, with 29% backing it and 58% opposed. Women are also much more opposed than men, 76% to 64%. Just over 40% of voters don’t expect to retire until they are 65 or older, and only 27% — including those currently on the pension — expect to rely on the pension as their main source of income.

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