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Most voters in Peter Dutton's electorate oppose subsidising Adani coalmine, poll says



Most voters in Peter Dutton's electorate oppose taxpayer subsidies for the Adani coalmine and more would prefer the government to fund renewable energy rather than coal-fired power plants, a poll has found.

The ReachTel poll of Dickson, commissioned by the Australia Institute, found that, even among Liberal National party voters, more opposed spending taxpayer funds on new coal-powered plants than supported it.

The poll also shows a large One Nation primary vote in the seat (16.8%).


Seems that the Liberal party leaders are out of touch with their own voters.

Key Points

  • more would prefer the government to fund renewable energy rather than coal-fired power plants
  • even among Liberal National party voters, more opposed spending taxpayer funds on new coal-powered plants than supported it
  • 60.6% opposed giving taxpayer funds to the Adani Carmichael coalmine in Queensland, compared with 17.5% who supported it
  • 55.8% opposed taxpayers' money subsidising new coal-fired power stations, compared with 26.7% who supported it
  • 65.2%) supported a more ambitious renewable energy target of sourcing 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030
  • Even LNP voters supported this measure, by 52.1% to 31.5%
  • Asked which technology the government should fund, most Dickson voters picked new large-scale renewable energy infrastructure (39.2%), followed by battery and energy storage (19.2%), new coal-fired power stations (14.9%) and gas-fired power (11.3%).
  • One Nation voters backed subsidies for coal-powered stations 43.1% to 39%


Tags: Environment, Politics, Coal, Mining, Liberal, Australia, Renewables, Queensland, Clean Coal, Adani, Barnaby Joyce, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, Energy, Bill Shorten

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