Strong support for increased social security spend

‘Wealthy and big business not paying their fair share’.

Lift social security spend: survey

Australians want to see more spending on social security and most do not support company tax cuts, according to the 2018 Per Capita Tax Survey released this morning.

Now in its eighth year, the survey aims to provide a comprehensive view of Australians’ attitudes to taxation and public spending, and shows how these attitudes are evolving. The 2018 survey was conducted between 27 March and 7 April using a “demographically representative sample group of 1557 Australians”.

Per Capita, an independent think tank and research organisation created in 2005, said ahead of the release of the survey the most striking finding this year was that a majority of Australians supported more government spending on social security.

Respondents said they strongly believed the wealthy and big business were not paying their fair share, and support for the Government’s tax cut for big business was weak.

 Other key findings were:

  • more Australians in the middle-income bracket believe they are paying too much tax
  • more than three-quarters of respondents support higher government spending on health and education
  • respondents strongly support the removal of tax concessions that allow people and companies to reduce their tax
  • more than 60 per cent believe we should crack down on corporate tax avoidance to pay for more services
  • 57 per cent say negative gearing should either be restricted or abolished
  • 62 per cent oppose a tax cut for big business
  • just over 25 per cent supported the Government’s abandoned measure to increase the Medicare levy to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In 2017, the survey found a high level of support for increased spending on public services, particularly health, aged care and education. While a majority of respondents said they were willing to pay more tax to support such improvements, the overwhelming view was that high-income earners and big business were not paying enough tax.

Per Capita says its goal in conducting the surveys is to provide policy-makers with an insight into how Australians view their tax system, public spending and any purported changes.



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    1st May 2018
    I hope the 1557 Australians are still tax contributing persons. Anyone not paying in wants more spending on Social Security, Health and so on. Like asking old age pensioners whether they would think a sizeable increase was justified or asking an alcoholic to say yes to a drink.
    1st May 2018
    Looks like the survey was conducted outside Centrelink!
    1st May 2018
    Read again, the article says:
    The 2018 survey was conducted between 27 March and 7 April using a “demographically representative sample group of 1557 Australians”.

    I am not surprised by the results at all!
    Chris B T
    1st May 2018
    Social Security and OAP should be % of minimum Wage.
    1st May 2018
    It already is??
    Chris B T
    2nd May 2018
    It is not a set % of Minimum Wage so every Time The Minimum Wage Rises so Does The OAP.
    Minimum Wage Is Set By An Independent Body To Gov'.
    1st May 2018
    These results make no sense:
    Middle earners (those paying tax) think they pay too much yet want all tax concessions that individuals (including them!) and companies can claim - axed.

    25% supported the medicare levy to fund NDIS - which means 75% DID NOT!

    They thought they paid too much tax yet want more spending from tax on health and education and welfare!

    And they supposedly want a crack down on negative gearing. Well have a look at this ABC report from 2016: and then tell the teachers, nurses, sales assistants, police etc who make up the vast majority of those who negatively gear property they are 'wealthy' and should pay more tax! Yes those middle wage earners who already think they pay too much!!!
    Old Geezer
    1st May 2018
    Even those who pay no tax say they pay too much tax.

    1st May 2018
    They obviously didn’t survey the large cross section like me who don’t want an increase in social security spending and want to see corporate tax cuts
    Old Geezer
    1st May 2018
    Me neither.
    1st May 2018
    Nor me! I am sick and tired of paying higher taxes just to support the welfare bludgers.

    1st May 2018
    Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather. Who'd have thought that asking a group of people if they wanted more money would elicit such a response.

    1st May 2018
    I think the results are fairly predictable from "an independent think tank and research organisation" survey.

    Now the real question is - which party is prepared to listen?
    I can't see any of the major parties listening, so the only option the people have is to vote OUT all current seat-warmers by putting them last in preferences, and hope / vote for Independents (maybe) to win and shake things up.

    2nd May 2018
    Well, I doubt they will get their way on this one. In response to GetUp's increasing strength, the Business Council of Australia is raising mega-millions to ''ENSURE the LNP wins the next election''. The BCA is terrified of GetUp's influence, it seems, and recognizes that the majority of the population are disillusioned with the LNP and it's pro-big-business focus.

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