Australian Federal Budget 2018 - Reduce government debt or provide tax cuts?

Proposition 1: Slowing the growth in the debt to GDP ratio should be a priority for Australian governments.

Proposition 2: Slowing the growth in the debt to GDP ratio is a higher priority than income or corporate tax cuts.

* Collaborator credits: we would like to thank James Giesecke for suggesting the idea for this question and Danielle Wood for her assistance in framing these poll questions and her expert overview of the results.

Overview of poll results by Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood

Danielle Wood

When the Treasurer delivers the federal budget on Tuesday night, the eyes of the nation will be on the government’s finances.

Will the government have a credible path back to surplus after nine years of deficits? Will we see a turnaround in the growth in net government debt currently forecast to reach as high as 19.2 per cent of GDP in 2018-19?

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Proposition 1

NEP Q28 Proposition 1 Chart 1 Responses

NEP Q28 Proposition 1 Chart 2 Responses weighted

Proposition 2

NEP Q28 Proposition 2 Chart 1 Responses

NEP Q28 Proposition 2 Chart 2 Responses weighted