In a recent survey The Australia Institute conducted they asked whether respondents considered Australia to be a high tax country compared to other developed nations. 66 per cent said yes! The OECD tells us that Australia is the 6th lowest taxing country.
But even though we think taxes are high, a majority would prefer better services over tax cuts.
When asked which election promise was more likely to win their vote, 56 per cent of those surveyed chose better services to increase living standards. This compared to 44 per cent who said that tax cuts would sway their vote.
Of all of those surveyed, 63 per cent wanted services to benefit Australians equally, with 17 per cent willing to see services targeted at the underprivileged to improve their welfare.