Feb 11, 2014

Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

Voters are all for industry assistance, this week's Essential Report finds, but which industries should be assisted depends on which way you vote.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australians have cooled on automotive manufacturing subsidies but still back industry support mechanisms, new polling from Essential Research shows. However, which industries voters want to see helped reflects their partisan position.

While handouts for drought-affected farmers has near-universal support, voters are more divided over other forms of corporate welfare. There is strong support for the private healthcare rebate, assistance for tourism and food processing, but thereafter Essential found much more even attitudes toward assistance:

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2 thoughts on “Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

  1. Mark out West

    It shows that the green voters are the only ones that know their stuff.

    Since the GFC 80% of the new wealth generated has gone to the top 1%. With this ever increasing wealth disparity comes the power to modify markets to reflect small vested interests, think Libor.

    All the rest are rut dwellers incapable of looking out to see the real world.

  2. klewso

    How much return do we get from subsidising the life-styles of the unemployed (these closures adding to their number), compared to those in jobs, with their flow-on effect?
    The piddling little you have salted away (including what you’ve “invested” in your mortgage), while in a job, is going to last how long once you’re turfed out of employment?
    While it seems farmers, doing it tough, committing suicide seem to get more attention than the despair of the prospect of urban desolation and what that can lead too?

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