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Western Australia election: FIFO vote

Ditchburn, G.J. (2013) Western Australia election: FIFO vote. The Conversation, 7 March .

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In Western Australia business is booming for the mining and resources sector. The number of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers employed in the state has increased over the last five years to more than 35,000. As a growing part of the electorate, where will the FIFO workers vote go in Saturday’s state election?

There are many factors that determine political affiliation and voting behaviour, including the economy and personal income. As some of the highest-paid workers in the state, these issues lie particularly close to the heart and minds of FIFO workers.

Traditionally tradies, transport workers, and labourers are more likely to vote for Labor as are union members. Although union membership has been dropping consistently since the 1960s political affiliation seems to be stable. On the other hand, high earners are more likely to vote for the coalition with lower earners supporting Labor, a pattern that is more evident for men than women.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
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