Mar 25, 2014

Essential: we think we’re highly taxed; Labor claws back voter esteem

Australians believe they're highly taxed compared internationally, and that it's getting worse, today's Essential Report finds.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australians believe that they are more highly taxed than other developed countries and that their tax burden has increased in the last five years, today’s Essential Report shows — but they believe taxes are high enough to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Gonski education reforms and other social service programs.

Sixty-four per cent of voters believe taxes are higher in Australia than in other developed countries, Essential found. Only 8% think they’re lower. And while 69% of Coalition voters think they’re higher, so do 64% of Labor voters (and the same proportion of other voters), while Greens voters are split 47%-15%. According to OECD-compiled data (using Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, not Australian, methodology) up to 2012, Australia had the fifth-lowest tax-to-GDP ratio out of 34 countries, 26.5%, compared to an average of 31%. Only Mexico, Chile, the United States and South Korea have lower tax-to-GDP ratios than Australia.

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7 thoughts on “Essential: we think we’re highly taxed; Labor claws back voter esteem

  1. klewso

    Where would the deficit be if not for Howard’s vote-buying tax cuts and Iraq?

  2. Chris Hartwell

    Essential demonstrates that the majority are still low-information voters. Unfortunately.

  3. R. Ambrose Raven

    Blame the media just as much as the Noalition.

    Abbott does not care what he says, nor do the duplicity of ideologues in the mainstream media. In contrast to the relentless media campaign against Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Abbott was and is allowed to get away with heaps, then and now.

    Abbott’s industry election promise was of five pillars to unlock our potential in manufacturing innovation, advanced services, agriculture exports, education and research, mining exports. He and Hockey then worked to destroy the car industry and SPC, sacked large numbers of scientists and closed specialist research organisations, while promoting live animal exports despite shipping incidents and deaths that would give pause to the less obsessed, readied signing of a sell-out FTA with Korea, worked to destroy our potential in renewables innovation, and approved mining industry applications with no examination of nett benefit.

    Abbott actually told the workers to be sacked at Holden that the destruction of their existing work was actually “liberation”.

    None of that has received any significant media criticism. It was a measure of the perversion of social values that the horrific stresses of unemployment due to large employer closures were generally not even acknowledged by the media; it was infotainment. It also reflects the mainstream media’s determination to advance transnational interests.

    When in Feb ’14 regarding SPC’s application to the Noalition for assistance was rejected, Abbott, Hockey, Abetz, and their duplicity of ideologues in the mainstream media all worked to an agreed memo. Coca-Cola Amatil was profitable and worker conditions were overly generous, the “age of entitlement” was over, workers get nine weeks of paid leave a year, etc. Important issues such as the dumping of cheap foreign imports into the Australian market, tariffs imposed on exported products and the high dollar were and will be carefully avoided.

    When Liberal MP Sharman Stone (MHR for Murray) accused the Prime Minister and Treasurer Joe Hockey of “lying” and of playing up ‘piffling’ provisions in the fruit factory’s enterprise agreement, the media let the matter quickly fade away. Even the “lying” was presented in inverted commas.

  4. AR

    Low information voters they may be but still smart enough to realise they made a mistake in Sept,

  5. CML

    I just don’t believe Essential’s polls. When you have Morgan positive for Labor – 54.5% to 45.5%, and Newspoll also Labor’s way – 52% to 48%, these numbers just don’t add up! Either that, or this is a rogue poll?

    As for the ‘attributes’ table – is that some kind of a joke, or are the voters that stupid?
    “Have good policies”? The Libs don’t have any.
    “Trustworthy”? The Libs couldn’t l+e straight in bed.
    “Keeps its promises”? An even bigger joke.
    “Has a good team of leaders”? Old, jaded, white men who are living in the last century!
    “Have a vision for the future”? A vision for the past, more likely.
    And that’s just for starters!!!

  6. CML

    I can ‘t believe it!!! That stupid rAbbott has now reintroduced Dames and Knighthoods.
    The bloody world has gone mad (or ar least the Oz bit of it).

    And as for our celebrated (soon to be ex GG) accepting a “dameship”? Early onset dementia perhaps? She just lost all credibility IMHO.


  7. MJPC

    CML; it’s bread and circuses for the masses. And what does Comrade Brandis say this morning on the radio…interest in the royal family is on the rise which will be proved by the visit next month!
    I think Abbott and crew need to stop visiting nursing homes for their input on public opinion.
    This sort of guff keeps the real issues off the front pages, such as Manus Island, Sinodinos. Why else is Abbott front and centre on the MH370 seach taskings? Doesn’t Australia have a transport minister?

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