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Author's Name: Alison Preston
Date: Tue 04 May 2021

Alison Preston

University of Western Australia

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Responses (4)

Promoting vaccination uptake in Australia

Poll 49

"What measures should Australian governments adopt to promote demand for vaccination once supply is no longer a constraint?"

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Mandatory vaccination for higher risk occupations;Vaccine passports for higher-risk settings (eg. flights, restaurants, major events);National advertising campaigns

Not in favour of cash / prize incentives. The majority will 'do the right thing' and get vaccinated and, as we keep hearing, the likelihood is we will need boosters which, if we go down the cash incentive path may see this turn out to be a costly and unnecessary policy. I do favour mandatory vaccination for 'higher risk' occupations, although, of course, it will come down to what we mean by 'higher risk'.

Policies to deliver higher wage growth

Poll 48

Our panellists were asked

"Higher wages growth is now a top priority of the RBA in its efforts to sustain stronger economic growth. Please identify the three of these government policies you think would best help deliver higher wages growth".  

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Measures to boost productivity growth;Reforming industrial relations to increase the use of enterpri

Slow wage growth in recent decades fundamentally relates to changes in bargaining arrangements, insecure employment arrangements and to reforms that have circumscribed the bargaining power of trade unions. State and federal industrial relations commission currently have the capacity to make higher minimum wage determinations should they wish. A policy option not in the list presented would be for governments (federal and state) to agree to faster wage growth for public sector employees.

Transition to electric cars

Poll 47

This month, our panellists were asked whether Australia should take action to speed the transition to electric cars.

"As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Australian governments should take action to accelerate the take up, or take no action to accelerate the take up of electric cars"

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Remove the luxury car tax from all-electric cars, Subsidise public charging points for electric cars, Set a date to ban the import of petrol and diesel cars, Make charging points compulsory in new homes and new carparks


The auto industry recognises that its future is in electric and has begun the transition to meet emission standards in Europe, China etc. Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia is low, hampered by taxes, cost, charging infrastructure, range anxiety, a lack of understanding as to what EVs offer and concerns about the environmental costs associated with batteries, scrapping etc. Meanwhile demand for new petrol/diesel cars grows, driven by generous government subsidies in the last budget. If we wish to see more EVs on the road and less conventional cars then policy settings will need to change and a specific vision/strategy enunciated.

The Federal Budget May 2021

Poll 46

"On May 11, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to 'secure Australia's economic recovery and build for the future'.  What grade would you give the budget given that objective, A, B, C, D, E, F?"

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The 2021 Commonwealth budget is low on vision and does little to nothing to address current and future concerns such as climate change and social infrastructure. Increased financial support for the care-economy is an important start but ?building for the future? requires government also pay attention to the needs of the care workforce (wages, hours, employment security). The care economy is highly feminised and is struggling to attract and retain workers. Why? Working arrangements which are unappealing and relatively low pay. The government missed an opportunity to provide important leadership in this area (eg. funding to help raise wages).