This is the first of three 'Letters to Labor' to be developed by Victorian Fabians as a result of a series of interactive events designed to collect Fabians' thoughts on three major issues identified by our members as 'keeping them awake at night'. The ideas from each event are collected together into a 'Letter to Labor' to help inform the policy agenda. The first event, from which this letter is derived, discussed job insecurity and the precariousness of work. Copies of the letter have been forwarded to the opposition leader (Anthony Albanese), the Shadow Treasurer (Dr Jim Chalmers), and the Shadow Minister for the Future of Work (Clare O’Neill). Special thanks goes to Max Dumais, our 'Zing Master', for running these events.
Our recent polling shows that Australia sees a Living Wage, as the best and most effective way to address Wealth Inequality.
Persistent, unfair and unequal distribution of income and wealth weakens us all. It creates pressure across generations, particularly for younger Australians but it also affects their relationship to other generations within families and communities.
Inequality fosters other injustices and I’ve chosen to discuss the equalising impact of a Living Wage on two other important aspects of Australian society - poverty and the unfair and unequal financial outcomes of women compared with men.
The policy of a Living Wage is one important measure in our moving towards, and to some extent returning to, being a fairer and more equal society