Skip to content
National News Current Affairs, Political

‘Just get it done’: New research shows Australians back tax on fossil fuel exports

The Australia Institute 2 mins read

Media Release | 14 February 2024

New research released by the Australia Institute shows a majority of voters back measures to tax fossil fuel exports, as Rod Sims and Ross Garnaut use today’s National Press Club address to call for a fossil fuel tax.

The Australia Institute’s research finds that a majority of voters (52%) support a tax on fossil fuel exports to compensate Australians for the costs incurred due to climate change, regardless of the size of the tax imposed. Only one in five voters (21%) opposed the measure.

Key Findings

The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,017 Australians about a proposed levy on fossil fuel exports between 23 to 29 January 2024.

  • More than twice as many Australians support a levy as oppose it, regardless of its size.
  • A majority of Australians support a levy, regardless of whether it is set at $1 per tonne (52% support) or $20 per tonne (also 52% support).
  • One in five Australians oppose a levy, regardless of whether it is set at $1 per tonne (20% oppose) or $20 per tonne (21% oppose).
  • More support than oppose a levy on fossil fuel exports among Labor voters (66% support vs 11% oppose), Coalition voters (42% support vs 30%), Greens voters (71% support vs 6% oppose) and Independent/Other voters (41% support vs 17% oppose).

A graph of different colored barsDescription automatically generated

“The message from the Australian people is pretty clear: just get it done,” said Dr Richard Denniss, Executive Director of the Australia Institute.

“A majority of Australians back a tax on the fossil fuel industry, regardless of its size. The rest is detail. The public are clearly frustrated with the lack of tax paid by the industry.

“There is support for a tax on fossil fuel producers and their massive profits, in return for the significant damage they cause to our climate – costs that come back to taxpayers through natural disasters and higher insurance premiums.

“Stage 3 has shown us that the Australian people are up for an honest conversation about tax, so let’s get on with it.”

Media enquiries:
Luciana Lawe Davies 0457 974 636

The Australia Institute is a member of the Australian Polling Council. The polling methodology, long disclosure statement and margin of error for polling questions are included in the appendix of the report.

Media

More from this category

  • Community, Political
  • 19/04/2024
  • 14:00
Flying Elephant Media contact@flyingelephant.com.au; Media contact 0413 050 922;

Australia Stands for Peace

Australia Stands for Peace Australia erupts into demonstrations and violence about an overseas war, on our Opera House steps, at the Christmas Carols in…

  • Contains:
  • Political
  • 19/04/2024
  • 08:00
Homelessness Australia

Young renters falling behind as rent rises outstrip income support increases

Young renters who receive income support in Brisbane and Perth are doing it tougher now than they were a year ago, despite receiving income support increases in the 2023 Budget, with other young renters grappling with a rental affordability crisis that has barely improved. A new Homelessness Australia analysis cross referencing youth income support against the cost of rentals has prompted urgent calls for increases to income support to tackle the crisis. In its submission to the forthcoming Commonwealth Budget, Homelessness Australia calls for Youth Allowance and other benefits to be increased to the aged pension rate of $80 a…

  • National News Current Affairs
  • 19/04/2024
  • 06:26
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia

Goodbye Faraz (National Hero) – Funeral

Join us for the funeral prayers of our dearest brother,son, and National Hero Faraz Tahir. Friday 26th Apr 2024 Location: Masjid Baitul Huda 45 Hollinsworth Rd, Marsden Park NSW 2765 11:30am: Family Time & Media Interviews 1pm: Viewing of Guests 2pm: Funeral Prayer 2:30pm: Departure for Burial @ Riverstone Graveyard Faraz Tahir (aged 30) was cherished member of our community and a dedicated security guard who tragically lost his life on Sat 13th April in Bondi Junction stabbing attack while on duty, serving and defending public and community. Must Register (RSVP): https://forms.gle/6wsXP3YrRtC6owqT7About us: About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: The Ahmadiyya…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.