Voters are now hostile to free trade, want manufacturing jobs restored and think racial equality has "gone too far", today's Essential Report shows. And there is strong support for another crackdown on 457 visas.
Both the government and Labor have committed to cutting back on 457 visas, with the government looking to play catch-up after Labor pursued the issue during the federal election and then in the wake of the election of the openly racist Donald Trump in the United States. Labor announced a policy to curtail visas in Townsville last week, and the government rushed to follow suit. According to Essential, 64% of voters support cutting back short-term visas, including 66% of Labor voters and 74% of Coalition voters. The level of 64% support is up from 58% in 2013, when Julia Gillard tried to exploit the issue.