This is Event 3 of Victorian Fabians' Autumn Series on 'What do we mean by Equality?'
The first two events of our Autumn series explored the effects and degree of economic inequality, as well as the renewed concept of 'class' as revealed through social and cultural inequality in Australia. Our next event will look at how to address the consequences of inequality, now and in future. What will be the developments in society that might lead to increased or diminished future social and economic inequality?
What societal and policy changes, both to the nature of work and the provision of social services such as education, health and welfare, are needed to redress the inequality imbalance?
Are our institutional responses up to the task? What sort of governing institutions and policies are needed to promote equality?
Jim Stanford is an economist and the Director of the Centre for Future Work, based at the Australia Institute.
He is a Canadian who has relocated to Australia, much to our benefit! In Canada, he served for over 20 years as an economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union (formerly Canadian Auto Workers).
In Australia he has pursued interests in precarious and insecure work, the effects of automation on work, the strategic importance of public sector work, and how governments could support better wages and working conditions for all.
Shelley Mallett is Professorial Fellow in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and General Manager for Research and Policy at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Shelley's research interests include homelessness, youth transitions in out-of-home care and similar settings, and gender and health inequities. Shelley has also written on how a Universal Basic income may be utilised in such a way as to support youth transitions in the precarious years of early adulthood.
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