Privatisation has never been popular electorally. There is a range of reasons for this. Many people believe a business that is under political control can be forced to provide services below cost, some feel a sense of satisfaction in shared ownership, and others consider private ownership may unduly cut costs. In a recent survey published by Essential Media, 58 per cent of Australians disapproved of privatisation. While ALP and Greens voters were more opposed than average, this view was also shared by 54 per cent of Liberal or National voters. The survey indicated that Queenslanders were even more antagonistic to privatisation than others. Similar views are seen in opinion polls across the world. But, although such polls intimidate governments, there is no case of privatisation policy contributing significantly to an election loss and no case where privatisation has been reversed when a government lost office. Across all countries - even communist ones such as China - governments have divested businesses they once owned. In some cases, as with Labor's privatisation of the Commonwealth Bank in 1991, government ownership is recognised as serving no purpose and, instead, hamstringing management.