HAVE YOUR SAY SURVEY RESULTS
More than 3000 Gippslanders responded to my ‘Have Your Say’ survey which was distributed to all households across the electorate in June.
The following is a summary of results:
Do you support the Labor Government’s carbon tax?
Do you think climate change:
35% Is mostly man-made
15% Is mostly natural
53% Doesn’t exist at all
COST OF LIVING
Has the rising cost of living put greater pressure on your family budget in the past year?
Do you think that the Labor Government is doing enough to ease cost of living pressure?
Do you think the welfare system in Australia is too generous?
Should work for the dole be compulsory?
Is your mobile phone coverage adequate?
Is your current internet service adequate?
Are you prepared to pay more for your internet connection through the National Broadband Network (NBN)?
Do you think the Federal Government should help pay to fix mobile phone blackspots?
HEALTH & HOSPITALS
Should health and hospital funding be a higher priority for the Federal Government?
Do you support the Labor Government’s cuts to the Private Health Insurance Rebate?
How important do you think it is for increased funding of mental health services?
59% Very important
35% Somewhat important
3% Not important
DEFENCE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS & AID
Are you concerned by the number of unauthorised arrivals reaching Australian shores by boat and seeking asylum?
Do you support the Coalition’s policy to immediately give new orders to the Navy to tackle unauthorised arrivals and ‘turn back’ the boats where safe to do so?
Is Australia’s $5.7 billion per year foreign aid program too generous?
Do you think the economy is heading in the right direction?
Do you think that the Federal Government should be doing more to balance the Budget and start paying off its debt?
Do you support the current system of funding for public schools?
Do you believe private schools should receive less government funding?
LAW & ORDER
Generally, do you feel safe and secure in your neighbourhood?
Which of the following crime prevention strategies do you support to improve community safety:
74% More police on the beat
74% Closed circuit television cameras in known problem areas
39% More use of community service orders to rehabilitate offenders
85% Higher penalties for repeat offenders (drink driving/speeding)
65% Intervention programs (to deter anti-social behaviour like graffiti)
Would you be willing to pay more tax to improve health and education services?
Would you pay more tax to cover the cost of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
SENIORS & AGED CARE
Should the Federal Government do more to support pensioners and self-funded retirees to meet increases in the cost of living?
Do you think there should be more government focus on keeping older Australians in their homes longer as opposed to retirement villages or nursing homes?
Are you concerned that the major supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths have too much market dominance?
Do you believe that Australian farmers are receiving fair treatment from government?
Would you support more financial assistance to help Australian farmers remain viable?
Are you concerned about the amount of food imported to Australia from foreign countries?
Are you concerned about job security?
Would you like to see more government supported training programs to fill skills shortages?
Do you think it is important to shop locally and support local jobs wherever possible
Are you concerned by the number of childcare options in regional areas?
Should the Federal Government increase the childcare rebate?
Do you believe the condition and level of maintenance of local roads is adequate?
Which section of the Princes Highway do you think is the most unsafe for road users?
10% Melbourne to Traralgon
34% Traralgon to Sale
30% Sale to Bairnsdale
19% Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance
20% Lakes Entrance to Orbost
32% Orbost to Cann River
27% Cann River to New South Wales border
Do you support more government assistance for local environmental projects?
Are you concerned over the future health of the Gippsland Lakes?
Do you support Coal Seam Gas exploration and production provided thee are strict environmental regulations?
Do you support the current laws which allow duck hunting in Victoria after assessment of environmental factors including bird numbers?
Do you support euthanasia?
Do you support changing the Federal Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage?
Do you support capital punishment for the most serious crimes such as murder, rape or acts of terrorism?