June 2009
Bikies and bikers
Monday, 15 June 2009 16:53 | Written by Graham Young

Proposed and actual state government legislation to specifically criminalise particular bikie gangs and membership of them provides an interesting insight into the law and order debate.

The first table measures general concern about bikie gangs.

Percentage concerned about bikie gangs
Greens Labor Liberal Total
Very concerned 1% 6% 16% 9%
Concerned 11% 22% 33% 25%
Neither concerned nor unconcerned 24% 28% 20% 24%
Unconcerned 31% 23% 19% 23%
Very unconcerned 32% 21% 12% 19%
Unsure 0% 1% 0% 0%
Grand Total 100% 100% 100% 100%
Total concerned 13% 27% 49% 34%
Total unconcerned 64% 44% 32% 42%
Net concerned -51% -17% 17% -8%
 
Unemployment looms as major concern
Monday, 01 June 2009 06:20 | Written by Graham Young

While a little fewer people are worrying about the economy, many more worry about jobs now than they did 7 months ago, according to our research. In October last year 25.2% worried about the economy, and that has dropped by four percentage points to 21.1%.

However, seven months ago only 2.5% mentioned jobs as an important issue. That is now 11.9%, almost a five-fold increase. Together Jobs and Economy account for around 30% of responses, two-and-a-half times the number that mention Climate Change (change in the table) or Warming.