Only a quarter of voters in Longman feel that their living standards have improved at all since the 2016 Federal Election, according to a poll conducted by ReachTel and the ACTU.
The poll of 928 people in the federal division of Longman, taken on the 14th of May, reveals that more than 75 percent of people in the electorate feel their living standards have either stayed the same or gone backwards.
The relative pessimism of the electorate comes at a time of near-record low wages growth, rising costs of living and increasing work insecurity.
Quotes attributable to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus:
“Most people want to be able to earn a living, support their family and have a bit of time to spend with them at the end of the day – it’s not a lot to ask.
“But under the Turnbull Government these simple and reasonable aspirations are getting increasingly harder.
“Under Malcolm Turnbull, wages have flatlined even though profits are rising. The very wealthy are doing just great and the rest of us are increasingly struggling.
“The cost of living is going up but we aren’t getting the pay rises we need to keep up – the result is that people’s living standards are falling, in Longman and across the country.
“We need to change the rules so that people have the power to get fair pay rises and more secure jobs.”