18.7 C
Byron Shire
September 21, 2021

Voters support Turnbull but not GST

Latest News

Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Other News

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

New COVID – casual contact location – BP Chinderah Southbound

NNSWLHD has been notified of a new casual contact venue visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 who travelled between Sydney and Brisbane for work.


Viruses are organisms at the edge of life and possess genes, evolve by natural selection, and reproduce by creating...

COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

Mechanism of so much destructive economic policy re ‘la covida’, IMF

The IMF (US controlled, unelected) offered governments $650 billion in Special Drawing Rights, to buffer losses caused by economic...

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

Turnbull has announced that he would challenge Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party and the prime ministership. Photo AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull still has overwhelming voter support but his proposed GST hike does not, according to Newspoll. Photo AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Michelle Grattan

A 15 per cent GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016, which also shows the government maintaining a comfortable two-party lead and opposition leader Bill Shorten improving his ratings marginally.

As MPs arrive for Tuesday’s start of the parliamentary year, the poll shows 54 per cent oppose a rise in the GST from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, while 37 per cent are in favour and 9 per cent undecided. Most people were not persuaded even by the lure of income tax cuts and compensation for lower income earners.

The Coalition goes into the parliamentary session leading 53 per cent to 47 per cent in two party terms – unchanged from the end of last year.

The government is yet to indicate whether it will bite the bullet on a higher GST but it is favoured by Treasurer Scott Morrison. Shorten has been running a strong pre-emptive scare campaign. The poll result will reinforce the view of some Liberal backbenchers in marginal seats that raising the GST would be politically hazardous.

NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird, writing in Monday’s Australian Financial Review has put forward a proposal for a 15 per cent GST, raising more than $30 billion extra in 2017-18, that would give the federal government funding for big tax cuts, including a company tax cut. Only about $7 billion in total would go to the states for health and education in the period until 2020. In four years time there would be an opportunity for renegotiation and “reset”, he writes.

Previously Baird said that, apart from compensation for lower income earners, all the proceeds of a GST rise should go to meeting the looming crisis in state health funding.

In Newspoll 51 per cent of Coalition voters supported a GST rise, while 39 per cent opposed. Labor and Green voters were against it overwhelmingly.

The Coalition’s primary vote rose a point over the summer to 46 per cent. Labor gained a point to 34 per cent in the eight weeks since the last poll. The Greens are down a point to 11 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull leads as better prime minister 59 per cent (down one point) to Shorten’s 20 per cent (up six).

Shorten also had slight improvements in his satisfaction and dissatisfaction levels. His net satisfaction rating has improved from minus 38 to minus 35. Turnbull’s net satisfaction rating was unchanged at 22 points.

There will be meetings both of the cabinet and the full ministry on Monday.

There is still no indication when Nationals leader Warren Truss will clarify his future, despite an impatient Turnbull waiting for him to do so before reshuffling the ministry in the wake of Jamie Briggs resigning as cities minister and Mal Brough standing aside as special minister of state.

Meanwhile internal bickering continued in the ALP over policy, with federal Labor finance spokesman Tony Burke accusing South Australian Labor premier Jay Weatherill of “completely drowning in ignorance” if he thought federal Labor could not fund its pledge to implement the rest of the Gonski school funding program.

This followed doubts expressed by Weatherill last week, when he said: “We have the federal Labor party which is saying some very good things and important things about maintaining its commitment to Gonski and providing support for the health system but we haven’t seen any coherent or sustainable way in which that’s going to be funded.”

Shorten said that he had spoken to Weatherill and “explained to him that Labor, unusually for an opposition, has fully funded its proposals.” Federal Labor and the Premier have already been at odds over the GST, with Weatherill willing to contemplate a rise if the money was used to fund schools and hospitals

Michelle Grattan is Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra.

This article first appeared in The Conversation.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

ScoMo does it again

ScoMo recently travelled from the ACT to Sydney, not something to be recommended at the moment. What is an essential worker? Surely someone paying 50...

Teacher survey

The Echo’s survey of local teachers regarding vaccination was as illuminating as it was disappointing. One respondent popped their head out the rabbit hole...

10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.