Federal MP Andrew Laming has received clear feedback from a recent survey with 80% of respondents saying that he is not doing a good job.
The on-line survey, conducted by Redlands2030, finds that he should focus on Federal Government issues instead of local council and state government issues.
Respondents to the survey said that he should push for federal infrastructure funding that benefits people in his electorate. Improved Federal protection for koalas and legislation for Marriage Equality were other issues that many survey respondents wanted him to work for.
As with any survey, it’s important to read the survey report which discusses:
- Objectives of the survey
- Methods used to obtain information
- Findings from the survey
Objectives of the Redlands2030 survey about Andrew Laming MP
Redlands2030 conducted its survey of Andrew Laming MP for two reasons.
We wanted to draw attention to many issues associated with the opt-in surveys conducted regularly by Andrew Laming. These issues include:
- Lack of clearly stated purpose of his publicly funded surveys
- The fact that they are opt-in polls which mean that any data obtained is unlikely to represent views of the wider population
- Questions which are leading and / or ambiguously worded
Some concerns about Andrew Laming’s latest survey were discussed in: Is Andrew Laming MP on-task?
Similar issues were discussed in an article by Elinor Drake: Misleading community surveys.
We also wanted to find out if the community had concerns about this MP’s focus, priorities and performance.
Our poll was web based and was conducted from 26 June to 29 July in 2015.
No incentives were offered to encourage responses. The opportunity to complete the poll was publicised in an article (Is Andrew Laming MP on-task?) published on the Redlands2030 website, assisted by posts to the Redlands2030 Facebook page.
This was an opt-in survey which attracted responses from about 350 people. The results reflect the views of people who responded and may not accurately represent the population as a whole.
Andrew Laming MP represents the Federal electorate of Bowman. The survey did not ask respondents to confirm that they are enrolled to vote in this electorate.
The questions were designed in-house by Redlands2030.
In the table below we compare the Redlands2030 poll with the recent poll conducted by Andrew Laming MP.
|Survey Issue||Redlands2030 Survey||Andrew Laming MP Survey|
|Survey designed by||Redlands2030||Andrew Laming|
|Sample type||Opt in||Opt in|
|Distribution||On-line via the Redlands2030 website||Australia Post to every household in the Bowman electorate|
|Incentives offered to respond to the survey questions||No||Yes – chance to win holiday accommodation|
|Number of responses||About 350 – varied for particular questions||“Thousands” (claimed by Andrew Laming)|
|Accurate representation of the whole electorate’s views||No||No|
|Survey report prepared and made publicly available||Yes – you are reading it||Andrew Laming does not normally provide a survey report to his electorate so don’t hold your breath waiting for one.|
Focus on issues by level of government
We asked people to indicate which level of government Federal MP Andrew Laming should focus on.
An overwhelming majority (85%) selected Federal Government. Local government was chosen by 11% of respondents and 4% picked state government.
The total number of respondents to this question was 354.
Priorities: What should Andrew Laming push for?
We asked people to select up to five issues (out of seven) that Andrew Laming should push for.
Respondents showed most support for:
- More Federal funding for Redlands infrastructure (66%)
- Koala protection laws strengthened (50%)
- Marriage Equality legislation in 2015 (48%)
The issues which attracted least support from respondents were:
- Cruise ships to use clean fuel (17%)
- Knights and dames no longer awarded in Australia (15%)
Percentages shown are of total respondents (351).
Respondents could select up to five issues but with 977 votes cast the mean number of selections was 2.8.
More information about Andrew Laming’s position on various Federal issues is available here.
Overall job performance
We asked the simple question: Is your MP doing a good job?
80% of respondents said No and 20% said Yes.
336 people responded to this question.
Suggestions for Andrew Laming MP
We asked people responding to the job performance question to comment on what Andrew Laming should do more of, and less of.
More than 180 people made comments in response to these questions.
Redlands2030 prepared two word clouds with Tagul. These word clouds give greater emphasis to words or (equivalent terms) that are used more often in the comments made by survey respondents.
The comments from survey respondents are shown in the table below. We have corrected a few spellings and deleted one comment for legal reasons but otherwise these comments are as submitted.
|My Federal MP should do more:||My Federal MP should do less:|
|1||Listening to what his electors are saying||Abuse of people who disagree with him on Facebook pages in the Redlands|
|3||On Federal issues||on State and local issues.|
|4||In infrastructure for the SMBI and NBN for all the Redlands||Handstanding in public and promoting his preferred local and state government candidates rather than what is good for the wider community|
|5||work on federal issues||meddling in local government issues. If he wants to be a Councillor, put his hand up!|
|6||Engagement in his electorate||Grandstanding and hiding behind three word slogans|
|7||To protect the environment||self-promotion|
|8||Spend more time on federal issues||Being a mouthpiece for state and council|
|9||Environment protection and gaining infrastructure projects||Protecting local council|
|10||to address poverty, homelessness and risk of homelessness, inequality, inclusiveness||posturing and trying to create division and hostility between people|
|11||ensuring effective and fair post-mining transition for employees of Sibelco, and for the NSI economy more broadly||using amateurish, inherently biased, self-promoting surveys to further his own agendas|
|12||Helping constituents in a genuine manner to deal with bureaucracy.||Running dodgy surveys and quoting them as fact. Using dodgy figures to support sands mining on Stradbroke Island. Stirring up anti Muslim sentiment on his Facebook page.|
|13||Real positive work for his constituents||Muck stirring in the community|
|14||… to effect policy change at Federal level, including a reduction in annual inward migration to levels equivalent to annual permanent outward migration (ie – population stabilisation),||…meddling and stirring in local and state politics!!|
|15||Representing his constituents’ needs and concerns in a responsible way.||Meddling in State and Local Government issues|
|16||seeking federal funding for infrastructure – education, health, roads and NBN in addition to creating better economic opportunities for Bowman||time on Facebook|
|17||addressing federal issues||self-promotion|
|18||lobbying for funding||grandstanding|
|19||To help the declining koala population in his electorate||Insulting those with a contrary view on social media|
|20||protecting, preserving Commonwealth land in Birkdale and heritage listed areas from being turned into massive hosing estates.||interfering in local government elections. He should not be parading and showing off a candidate he wants as a councilor to represent the people in any division, as he hasdone in the ast.|
|21||environmental advocacy for Redlands koalas, natural landscapes and places||push-polling; self promotion; dog whistling (eg, racist comments re Logan and North Stradbroke Island = Palm Island)|
|22||Infrastructure funding advocacy and understand in depth why the funding is needed||Embarrassing showmanship|
|23||Support for his electorate||Criticising the previous govt, and try to appear to be looking ahead to a better future for Redlands.|
|24||in his electorate||dog whistle politics|
|25||To arrange funding to bridge the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.|
|26||Working for the Redlands infrastructure||Big noting himself and his ego|
|27||federal issues||criticising protests on Toondah Harbour|
|28||To protect the koala and koala habitat||to support unscrupulous developers|
|29||for seniors||meddling in local politics|
|30||notifying electorate of public consultation opportunities on federal issues such as Tax, Energy, Reform of the Federation, Environment and promoting discussion of those issues within the electorate||grandstanding, knee-jerk reactions, commenting on Facebook, interfering in local and state issues|
|31||Acting on the Federal issues important to locals regardless of party politics.||Talking down aboriginal people, low socio-economically challenged people, lead by example for transparent governance|
|32||listening||commenting on Facebook|
|33||intelligent discussions on the future for Australia||Carping about the opposition, and less spouting the party line|
|34||To support poliies that protect the environment/wildlife||Interfering in local govt elections|
|35||Hard work and less publicity like he is some sort of celebrity||getting his ugly mug on TV every 5 minutes! less publicity like he is some sort of celebrity|
|36||Take a stand and fight for marriage equality||Interfere with council matters on a local level|
|37||Intellectual debate||Cheap cynical comments on Facebook|
|38||Assist Self funded retirees, reduce cost of private health, reduce costs of necessary drugs and include more on PBS.||marriage equality|
|40||Personal promotion and stop smearing hard working local councillors|
|41||Like going away and letting us have a new option for MP|
|43||to stop trees being removed especially by housing speculators such as Fiteni who recently bull dozed a large tract of land with containing old growth Koala trees in Ormiston which had occupied my Koalas for years. One such Koala trapped himself on a fence Fetini had erected as the Koala attempted to return to his home,the result was amputation of Koala’s leg,|
|44||listening to the people of Bowman.||Being a yes man to Abbott|
|45||create jobs, deliver infrastructure, listening to electorate||quit posting inflammatory memes/messages on Facebook.|
|46||He should indicate he will not be standing for reelection.||Facebook trolling and ineffectual text polling. Response rates to his surveys are just sad.|
|47||Listening||attacking those with a valid different point of view|
|48||find long term revenue method for Stradbroke island||responding to comments on Facebook|
|49||For Bowman, on Federal issues affecting Redlands||Self-promotion and LNP interference in Local Govt issues. Try supporting community views on Toondah Harbour and less on developer wishes.|
|50||For INNOCENT REFUGEES IN CUSTODY||Is this possible|
|51||Work on protecting koala and the natural beauty if Redlands||Shameless self promotion|
|52||for equal rights||Grandstanding|
|53||advocating for sustainable energy public transport and more infrastructure||blaming labor for everything it’s getting very boring and old|
|54||on taxation reform, federal environmental protection, climate change, financial planners reform||messing in local issues (incl dragging his favoured Council candid door to door…what a waste of space that one is!|
|55||for every constituent||and prioritise to what is important to the common man|
|56||Listening to local people rather than arguing with them.||politicking and toeing his party line; supporting the developers.|
|57||Environment protection issues. And listen rather than arguing||supporting of the council|
|58||Federal stuff||Council / State|
|59||Work on Federal issues||Meddling in local Council issues and promoting shocking candidates|
|60||respond to questions relating to Federal issues asked of him on social media. He thinks it is okay to challenge people on Redlands2030, but I never see him challenging people on his own page and I have read some disgraceful comments on his fb page. He should attempt to have logical and reasoned discussions on his own page.||Spruiking re local government issues on Facebook as if he been anointed by the Mayor to be her spokesperson. He should listen more and criticize less. He is acting like a troll.|
|61||Having signed of in the convention of child rights more effort should be made to abolish all firms of physical and humiliating violence against children. Adult hits adult us called assault, partner hits partner is called domestic violence, student hits student is called bullying, yet when a parent hits a child it’s still called discipline in Australia. Very confusing for a growing child especially in the critical growth period. It’s not a surprise that we have a growing domestic violence problem (83 deaths of children in NSW alone in a decade u domestic violence). Children learn the cycle of violence in childhood. Either power over and control through violence or best submit yo a culture of violence. We now have international evidence that stopping violence against children reduces domestic violence, reduces delinquent behaviour and increases school retention. Violence against children must stop!||Of nothing – doing a great job|
|62||Advocacy||Playing dirty politics|
|63||Positive work towards community needs||Negative talk against the opposition. Focus more on the issues instead of trying to look good in the media including social media.|
|64||For the environment and about climate change||supporting of policies which hurt families and people on low incomes|
|65||For the Redlands||Stop looking after himself.|
|66||Posing and dog-whistling on Facebook|
|67||Federal issues||local issues|
|68||strong critique of govt policy||weak wily media spin|
|69||retiring from parliament||Promoting Karen Williams and the developers|
|70||people need help instead of always hiding in his office or Canberra||for the developers who fund his election campaigns|
|71||Federal issues||less self promotion and nastily commenting on others|
|72||action in parliament||talking and posting on Facebook|
|73||To protect our animals being shipped offshore and take a stand to outlaw this cruel practice and only process all meat in Australia|
|74||Protection of environment should be high priority when reviewing development||Pro development at the cost of the environment – Fauna and flora|
|75||for infrastructure for the islands|
|76||To get federal funding for Redlands and SMBI/Stradbroke||Attention seeking and posing!|
|77||Infaustructure funding ,||Involved in council issues|
|78||Less interference with other levels of government|
|79||Listening||[comment not published]|
|80||Work in the electorate||Personal attacks|
|81||Mr Laming is loose cannon and diminishes himself and the Redlandss|
|82||He needs to stick to federal issues and follow constituents wishes.||Prancing around cafes and restaurants. He needs to stop calling people names on Facebook and accept that people have differing views – for which they shouldn’t get chastised. He needs to stop voting as per his political party and take his lead from the people in his community.|
|83||policy work||media stunts|
|84||authentic community engagement with people who have serious concerns with his government’s policies||interfering with local issues and online bullying|
|85||Environment issues are very important|
|86||advocacy for community infrastructure.||self-promotion|
|87||Advocating to the Federal government for funding for Redlands infrastructure and koala protection||Bullying people on social media who do not hold his views as well as less promoting the building of homes on 151sq blocks of land i.e, SLUMS!|
|88||About broadband||Gobshiting on Facebook|
|89||Yes, on Federal issues!||on local issues|
|90||listening to all voters and supporting fair and reasonable legislation on citizenship and refugees.||exaggerating claims on terrorism , refugees and exaggerating claims about mine jobs on Straddie|
|91||Looking after issues that are at Federal level not local council level||Criticising the local community on Facebook when they have every right to voice their opinion without the MP attacking them|
|92||All ministers should cut out the rubbish and get on with the job they were elected to do||All ministers should be dedicated to the job and not the money they receive or the perks available|
|93||Listen and that notice of the whole community.||Pushing developers’ agendas.|
|94||To protect our unique lifestyle not encourage the out of control destruction if our lifestyle through bad planning development||About matters that do not pertain to the day to day lifestyle of his electorate|
|95||Listening to constituents||Self serving gimmicks|
|96||gay marriage, koalas.||Meddling in local government|
|97||To support NSI’s post-mining economic future||Interfering in Local Government political issues|
|98||For local issues Redlands ,try NBN||Minor issues|
|100||To openly support the people’s elected PM Tony Abbott.||Media criticism of the PM Tony Abbott, his leader, creating division within the LNP. Cease supporting Malcolm Turnbull who is not much different to the ALP, who we definitely don’t want.|
|101||Federal Government issues||less ridiculous questioners|
|102||Talking with the residents and actually representing them||Part line politics. He was elected by a majority of residents therefore he should represent the community.|
|103||listening to the real issues happening in our state and country||jumping on the side that seems popular with minorities|
|104||Actual work||Of populist meaningless statements. Show real leadership and not seem to be reading from a how to be a populist pollie manifesto|
|105||I am tired of seeing Laming appear at a function late.. then dash around shaking hands, grab a snack and then run off to his next most important thing.||He should do less annoying things like gate crashing events he was not invited to.|
|106||More saving of land from development, saving of trees and koala corridors and habitat|
|107||concentrate on federal issues and actually listen to all constituents not just those he perceives as being amenable to his views!|
|108||foreshore development||entertaining the idea of gay marriage|
|109||Concentrate on Federal issues, especially those relevant to his electorate||Self promotion using state and local issues|
|110||protecting the environment||self promotion|
|111||Listening to and representing us in Parliament. Do far more to protect our environment and heritage – including stopping the currently proposed Toondah Harbour development vandalism of our foreshore that will result in a great wall of concrete on our mangroves that will forever be an eyesore from the bay and Straddie. Just modernise the ferry terminal and leave our wetlands and bay alone.||Less thinking about himself and blindly supporting his political party – you need to establish a permanent series of monthly public forums where you can learn how to represent your constituents properly in parliament!!!|
|112||encouraging and respecting feedback given by voters who take the time to contact him. Listen to voters who are unhappy with the way Redlands is growing and the lack of Federal support re infra||of showing partisanship with local Redlands council and try to|
|113||to help the Redlands be a clean safe place to live.||worrying about helping minority groups(e.g. push bike riders or same sex issues) and focus on what the majority of the populous need(e.g. roads , jobs, policing and emergency services, proper screening of immigrants, getting the judicial system inline so citizens can feel safe, harsher pentiles for repeat offenders). We are a democracy yet the minority seem to wield the power.|
|114||listen to electorate – grow a spine||kowtowing to party ‘politics’|
|115||focusing on achieving concrete outcomes for Redlands||self publicity, and talking down Stradbroke and its people|
|116||to promote environmental concerns and also focus on social issues.||support for the Federal policies of mistreatment of asylum seekers. UNHCR guidelines hold be followed strictly in the treatment os such unfortunate people.|
|117||Andrew Laming thinks he is born to rule, its time to go.||Andrew Laming should just go away.|
|118||Listening||Being in the media|
|119||In public transport – the buses to the city are a joke|
|120||listening to constituents||politicking about politics|
|121||At a federal level about real issues that affect his electorate. Not cruise ships||Stay out of state and council politics.|
|122||Appealing to bogan (preaching to the choir on things like the terrorist citizenships) on the false assumption that they are the majority. The vocal minority perhaps.|
|123||Stand against Tony Abbot|
|124||Personally speaking and listening to the voters||Posturing and ignoring his voters|
|125||be honest with his electorate||grand standing|
|126||Listening to voters rather than trying to sway them his way||Supporting our rotten council|
|127||being a little bitch on Facebook|
|128||on Federal issue; silent||on local govt issues; grandstanding; introducing party politics|
|129||Listening to people in his electorate that do not always agree with what the government do. When i tried to voice my concerns to Laming on his Facebook page that is meant for us to comment on i got banned.Sitting on the side of the road||Sitting on the side of the road distracting drivers as they drive past . He needs to listen to what his constituents really want instead of what he thinks we should have.|
|130||Work and effort for Redlands||Ignoring and belittling his constituents|
|131||Honest work||Political manipulation of his electorates views|
|132||Represent the peoples views.||Party politics.|
|133||For the environment like stopping the marina at Toondah||Grandstanding and politically loaded surveys of no statistical credibility|
|134||Listening to his electorate and making decisions based on what they need.||Making decision on his own personal beliefs|
|135||Listen to people, spend less time nit picking against his opposition||Attacking of the state government and federal opposition|
|136||Consider his legacy to Australian politics. Anyone that wants to be remembered the way Andrew is largely perceived is in denial.||Showboating. Bowman is a safe liberal seat, a shaved ape could win. No one is that impressed by you.|
|137||Listen to his constituents, and keep his efforts to federal politics not local politics.|
|139||Federal issues||keep out of local issues especially if conflict if interest|
|140||supporting sustainable development, employment and education opportunities||Racist dog whistling – comparing NSI to Palm island|
|141||Advocacy of federal issues||getting into Facebook arguments.|
|142||Promotion of good government||less squark more action|
|143||job generation within Redlands||time spent in Canberra|
|144||question validity of some cabinet decisions. Less politics and more action doing the right thing|
|145||Work for local projects||Grandstanding|
|146||focus on important issues such as the economy and job preservation||grandstanding on irrelevancies|
|147||To ensure retention of Redlands character with development||Pandering to the Mayor|
|148||For the people not himself.||selfishness|
|149||Cultural Competency or Cultural Awareness Training & have RESPECT||Being a Goose on Social Media|
|150||Stopping changes to pensions.|
|151||work||Facebook grandstanding to racists. Getting drunk at the local pub.|
|152||consistent actions, stop promising one thing and doing another||Playing with people.|
|153||For the infrastructure of the bay islands||Polls that are skewed for own agenda|
|154||Focus on federal issues||local government issues|
|155||Represent the electorate with real issues like the economy and unemployment||Aggressively attacking residents on Facebook.|
|156||What people want-not partyb wants||following the herd|
|158||Real electoral work||Showing off.|
|159||to obtain federal funding for redlands infrastructure||Facebook attacking locals|
|160||Actual electorate work for ALL constituents, not just his Liberal, developer cronies||Interfering in local politics and self-promotion|
|161||Interfering in local politics and self-promotion|
|162||To improve local infrastructure including the NBN||promoting himself|
|164||To empower First Nation people to continue their thousands of years of caring for country,||to ensure the rich become wealthier and the strugglers struggle harder|
|165||Real work||Self promotion|
|166||Telecommunications infrastructure NBN|
|167||Stop taking money from developers||Breathing|
|168||Advocacy||Face booking and shopping Centre happy snaps|
|169||to protect our environment and more action on climate change||defending of our pro development council and developers and stand up for the community for a change|
|170||More for constituents not developers and big business.||Vocal criticism of dissenters. Listen instead.|
|171||To ensure Redlands internet access; Planning for our long term future||Party political sledging; Partisan smearing|
|172||Cost of living reduction||Causing confrontation on Facebook|
|173||Really listening to the people in a genuine and interested way.||Pushing the Redland City Council’s agenda on PDAs and housing development.|
|174||Representing his electorate||Advertising himself,|
|176||Work||Preening and backstabbing|
|177||focusing on developing Redland City|
|178||work associated with the position he is being well paid for||playing around on Facebook/social media and interfering in local|
|179||Cutting of parliamentary perks and super.||Self inflating blabbering.|
|180||Actual work federally||Actual work federally|
|181||about environmental protection and climate change||supporting of local and state issues and concentrate on federal issues|