Published: 22 Jun 2015
Research conducted in seven marginal electorates in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia has found that the overwhelming majority of voters do not support the China Australia Free Trade Agreement when they become aware of three elements of the deal.
The research was commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, allows:
The union's research found that the number of voters who opposed the Agreement jumped drastically from 26% before they knew anything about it, to between 85% and 92% once they were aware of the above details.
"The Abbott Government kept the details of the Agreement from voters for most of the last year, and now we know why – voters absolutely hate it," CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O'Connor said.
"Tony Abbot seems to have a plan for jobs - it's just that they are not Australian jobs.
"These features of the Free Trade Agreement with China will threaten Australian jobs at a time of high unemployment, put Australian manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage, and see even more unsafe building and other products flood our market at a time when more regulation, not less, is needed.
"This research shows how dramatically out of step the Abbott Government is with voters on this issue."
Key research findings
In the absence of any detailed knowledge of the Agreement:
Once they are aware of the detail:
The polling was conducted in May 2015 by UMR Strategic Research in the electorates of Macquarie, Gilmore, Flynn, Capricornia, Hindmarsh, Corangamite and Dunkley.