- 55 per cent of Australians don’t think they get a ‘fair go’
- 59 per cent would change their vote if they believed a party’s policies were fairer
- 24 per cent still undecided as to how they will vote
A survey by Fair Go Finance reveals 59 per cent of respondents are likely to change their vote depending on which political party promises to give them a ‘fair go’.
Despite Australia’s reputation as the lucky country the survey found that over half of those surveyed (55 per cent), believe at present they don’t receive a fair go from the government.
Respondents expressed discontent when it came to existing government policies on health, and taxation. Asked to rank which policy areas they think would give them a ‘fair go’, respondents put health, taxation, jobs and economic performance at the top of the list, indicating a big-ticket long-term focus is still what people want.
Unsurprisingly, respondents said they would change their vote if a party promised to tackle these issues more fairly.
Paul Walshe, CEO, Fair Go Finance said this is a staggering result from a country that has always prided itself as the land of opportunity.
“It is vital for the major political parties to understand what the electorate is thinking and feeling to ensure their policies reflect the reality of Australian’s lives.
“We commissioned this survey because we wanted to do our part to ensure our politicians understood what a ‘fair go’ means to our customers and the public, beyond the use of this term as a catchy political grab, and so they can make changes at policy level that will actually benefit Australians,” Walshe said.
With the election less than a week away, 1 in 5 respondents (24 per cent) said they were still undecided as to who they would vote for in the upcoming federal election.
Top reasons given to secure votes in the election, for those undecided, were policies that pursue economic performance (28 per cent) and give Australians a ‘fair go’ (35 per cent), again demonstrating that the political parties are singing the right song, but not all of the public are convinced.
“If the politicians and parties truly want to get elected to give Australians a ‘fair go’, as they say they will, they need to be clearer as to how policies do and will make a difference to the community in these priority areas,” Walshe concluded.