Last year ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Services) released their report Inequality in Australia: a Nation Divided.  The report revealed that, when it comes to income inequality, Australia’s income inequality is higher than average for the OECD, although not as bad as in the US or the UK. In terms of […]

Is income inequality really an issue in Australia?


There are a number of reasons why inequality may harm a country’s economic performance. At a microeconomic level, inequality increases ill health and health spending and reduces the educational performance of the poor. These two factors lead to a reduction in the productive potential of the work force. At a […]

Why everyone benefits from a more equal society


“…… when it came to poverty among the elderly, Australia scored very badly. The study found the 33.5 per cent of 66-75 year olds live in poverty. That’s 2.5 times the OECD average.” (read more)

OECD report shows Australia needs to do better



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In his June 28 article in they Sydney Morning Herald Andrew Leigh says that maintaining pro-growth policies, improving our education system and ensuring our welfare spending is targeted to the neediest are good first steps at closing the gulf between the rich and the rest. But this isn’t all that […]

Caring about inequality


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The Guardian has reported that an experimental three-year program involving 40 homeless people has illustrated a way to virtually eradicate long-term homelessness in Australia, according to the charity that has overseen the project. The project is called Journey to Social Inclusion. This article has created some discussion here in our […]

Can homelessness be eradicated


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“The most effective way to address poverty and urban decline is to address their root causes, which involve the vast and growing inequalities of income, wealth, and political power. Focusing narrowly on revitalizing poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and relying on “market” forces to solve these problems, is shortsighted and misguided. Read on […]

Confronting inequality



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Astonishing. ” The US study found it was ultimately cheaper for taxpayers to help these poor families move to lower-poverty areas. Taxpayers were already paying to subsidise housing for the families in the study, so the only extra costs came in the counselling offered to help them move, which cost […]

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