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After the Tax Revolt: Why Medicare matters more to middle Australia than lower taxes

Breusch, Trevor; Wilson, Shaun

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The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2003 gives new insights into the public's increasing preference for more social spending and their willingness to pay more taxes to fund services. This paper profiles the new electorate and discusses factors driving this trend in public opinion. Multivariate analysis allows us to identify the key demographic, political and policy variables that predict support for spending. All the usual factors matter: being older and more educated, and identifying as...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBreusch, Trevor
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Shaun
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:10:12Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:10:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0157-6321
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/87345
dc.description.abstractThe Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2003 gives new insights into the public's increasing preference for more social spending and their willingness to pay more taxes to fund services. This paper profiles the new electorate and discusses factors driving this trend in public opinion. Multivariate analysis allows us to identify the key demographic, political and policy variables that predict support for spending. All the usual factors matter: being older and more educated, and identifying as Labor, Green or Democrat all predict support for higher spending. But we find that policy perceptions matter as well: believing that health and Medicare and/or public education have declined in the past two years brings major support for increased spending. We also find that the Australian public supports modest tax increases to fund spending on health and education and that the Australian electorate is more open minded about tax rises than conventional wisdom holds. Our main conclusions are that support for social spending over reduced taxes has increased over the past two decades, and especially after the election of the Howard Government, and that dissatisfaction with health and Medicare, and public education, are reshaping the fiscal preferences of the Australian electorate.
dc.publisherAustralian Council of Social Services
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Social Issues
dc.titleAfter the Tax Revolt: Why Medicare matters more to middle Australia than lower taxes
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume39
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor160899 - Sociology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub16589
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBreusch, Trevor, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWilson, Shaun, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage99
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage116
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:22:53Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-8644260871
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