The Public Good Survey

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Our campaign to value and support the WA public sector is made stronger with your input. Please share your views about what "The Public Good" means to you. All survey completions will go in the draw to win a $100 gift voucher. We respect your privacy and will not share or sell your details with third parties. You can view or download our Privacy Policy online here.

What does the phrase "The Public Good" mean to you?

  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:49:27 +0800
    Q: Are you a Union member, and if so, which Union?
    A: State School Teachers Union (SSTUWA)
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:49:13 +0800
    Q: Which age group are you in?
    A: 25-34
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:49:00 +0800
    Q: Which of the following best describes your status in the workforce?
    A: I work in the WA public sector
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:48:45 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you support the SECOND MOST, which area do you support the second most?
    A: Supporting the public sector workforce
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:48:22 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you MOST support, which area do you support the most?
    A: Ensuring quality public services
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:47:46 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are the SECOND MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is the second most important?
    A: Hospitals
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:47:03 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is most important?
    A: Schools
  • Anaelle Talelo
    answered 2020-06-18 15:46:22 +0800
    Q: What does the phrase "The Public Good" mean to you?
    A: “Public good” means shared duties and responsibilities towards a society’s progress and prosperity. It relates to essentials services a country/nation needs to ensure a future for itself, which are: Safety, Health and Education.

    Regardless of political ideologies and cultural discourses, children and young people should be guaranteed access to Safe homes and neighbourhoods, Initial and secondary instruction, and Health and medical care on the other hand. Public good remains the only way to guarantee this access at all time and in all places.
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:05:05 +0800
    Q: Are you a Union member, and if so, which Union?
    A: Other (please add details at the final question)
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:04:51 +0800
    Q: Which age group are you in?
    A: 60-69
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:04:39 +0800
    Q: Which of the following best describes your status in the workforce?
    A: I am retired
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:04:27 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you support the SECOND MOST, which area do you support the second most?
    A: Ensuring quality public services
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:04:14 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you MOST support, which area do you support the most?
    A: Ensuring quality public services
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:03:48 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are the SECOND MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is the second most important?
    A: Hospitals
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:03:28 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is most important?
    A: Hospitals
  • Ian reide
    answered 2020-06-17 09:02:06 +0800
    Q: What does the phrase "The Public Good" mean to you?
    A: Of benefit to the community as a whole as opposed to narrow self interest.
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:30:41 +0800
    Q: Please respond to any 'other' answers you have, and share any comments.
    A: I have to say that Treasurer Wyatt’s comments regarding public sector pay freezes shook me to the core. Just because COVID-19 hit, didn’t mean that my work had to stop. I didn’t stop developing materials when the virus hit. We all adapted, shaped and changed our work to suit the conditions, and got stuck into the task. We stuck to our deadlines as per what we had before the pandemic. We had to, we didn’t have the choice to push things out. We made it our duty to make sure that the public got what they want out of us. We work hard to make sure our services keep running. Hearing these comments about us deserving a pay freeze, is basically the treasurer saying “thanks for helping out during COVID-19. Here’s a pay cut. Fuck you.”

    Now considering that for one, we were in a per-capita recession before the pandemic, and now we’re officially in a recession due to the per capita recession and the pandemic making a complete shit storm of the economy, the last thing we all need is a pay freeze. Wages have been stagnant for over a decade now, and inflation has only creeped up higher and higher. Stagnant wages when compared to inflation should be seen as what they are. Gradual pay cuts.

    All I ask is for a simple cost of living adjustment to align our pay with the rate of inflation. This means that I get paid mathematically the same, year in, year out as the economy fluctuates. This isn’t a payrise, but rather it’s tacking the wage bang on to the rate of what a dollar is worth at the time.

    Anyone with a basic understanding of economics should know this. I am by no means an economist. I’m just a filmmaker who happens to nerd out over policy a bit. But I’ve felt what it’s like to be well and truly poor. I know the difficulty of putting food on my own plate, and struggling to keep a roof over my head. Over the years, this gets harder and harder if you just get paid the same as you did last year. That’s because over time, things get more expensive.

    This is what it means to be in a stagflated economy. The basics get more expensive whilst your pay stays the same.

    Its about time we fight this.

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  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:22:28 +0800
    Q: Are you a Union member, and if so, which Union?
    A: Community and Public Sector Union - Civil Service Association (CPSU-CSA)
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:22:05 +0800
    Q: Which age group are you in?
    A: 25-34
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:21:56 +0800
    Q: Which of the following best describes your status in the workforce?
    A: I work in the WA public sector
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:21:46 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you support the SECOND MOST, which area do you support the second most?
    A: Ensuring quality public services
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:21:34 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you MOST support, which area do you support the most?
    A: Supporting the public sector workforce
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:21:15 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are the SECOND MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is the second most important?
    A: Emergency Services
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:21:00 +0800
    Q: Thinking about local services that are MOST important to you, your family or household, which of the following is most important?
    A: Disability Services
  • Anthony Bean
    answered 2020-06-04 13:20:20 +0800
    Q: What does the phrase "The Public Good" mean to you?
    A: Police saved my life a few years ago, but if it wasn’t for the dispatchers and the staff helping them, I wouldn’t be here today.

    My local area coordinator helped me find the support I needed for my Autism, but it was the efforts of all the support workers behind him that helped him to find what I needed.

    DMIRS took me under their wing, and allowed me to let my talent for graphics and art shine. They listened to the struggled I faced, and we worked together to create plans and build a future.

    Now I’m an advocate for the safety and health of workers, I support the inspectorate by providing training content and materials, and by capturing their knowledge for future generations of inspectors.

    My role may be small, but the roles we all play build up to something bigger. We all do what we do for the public good. For the sake of something greater than ourselves.
  • Jacqui Macliver
    answered 2020-05-27 13:56:58 +0800
    Q: Please respond to any 'other' answers you have, and share any comments.
    A: I am actually a member of two unions the SSTUWA which I work for and represented me when I was teaching. I still belong to the SSTUWA as a condition of my employment as an Industrial Officer with that union, but am represented by and belong to the ASU as well.
  • Jacqui Macliver
    answered 2020-05-27 13:55:12 +0800
    Q: Are you a Union member, and if so, which Union?
    A: Australian Services Union (ASU)
  • Jacqui Macliver
    answered 2020-05-27 13:54:32 +0800
    Q: Which age group are you in?
    A: 60-69
  • Jacqui Macliver
    answered 2020-05-27 13:54:20 +0800
    Q: Which of the following best describes your status in the workforce?
    A: I work in the not-for-profit sector
  • Jacqui Macliver
    answered 2020-05-27 13:53:53 +0800
    Q: When thinking about which public sector issue you support the SECOND MOST, which area do you support the second most?
    A: Supporting the public sector workforce

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