Leading up to the release of the 2015 budget we conducted a survey to discover the issues that matter most to Canberrans. Participants were asked to indicate the issues that they considered most important for the federal budget on both national and local levels. They were also asked how fair they considered the previous budget in regard to particular issues.
It was important to obtain an understanding of perceptions of the highly unpopular 2014 budget to measure just how unfair the community considered it to be on different issues. Needless to say, only a small handful considered last year's budget to be fair on any of the issues canvassed. Small percentages thought it was neither fair nor unfair, but the figures below represent the percentage of participants that considered the budget unfair or very unfair:
Most people perceive the federal budget through two lenses, one looks at the broader issues such as immigration, national security, social security to name but a few. While the other lens is more focused on what a federal budget means for their home town - Canberrans have become particularly sensitive to budget decisions made by the Federal Government because it all too often results in public service cuts which continue to devastate Canberra.
Nationally, there was an overwhelming demand from Canberrans for a stronger focus on the environment, climate change and the renewable energy industry. Just one sector where the Abbott Government has caused national embarrassment.
Whereas the results for the federal budget's impact on Canberra is indicative of public service cuts and how much they've hurt Canberra since Abbott took power.
This year Fair Go for Canberra will be campaigning on the issues important to you. If you'd like to take part, sign up and get involved - sign up here.