Inequality is a defining political issue of our generation. Simple tools like the GINI coe cient are helpful in identifying income distribution within an economy. However, these measures mask the bigger picture of an Australian labour market and industrial relations framework that sees today’s workers losing access to union-fought entitlements like sick leave and annual leave, lower wages and most signi cantly a complete lack of job security. We are stuck in a paradigm where incremental advances to workers’ rights are deemed class warfare, but we are told that tax cuts to millionaires and multinationals are good for the economy.
In this collection of essays launched at the 48th Australian Labor Party National Conference, the Australian Fabians and the Don Dunstan Foundation are joined by Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP in arguing for inclusive growth to tackle not just the social ills of inequality, but also the economic ones. You will often hear Labor types say that we need a growing economy to deliver a fairer society, but the opposite is also true; we need a fairer society to deliver a growing economy.
To receive a full copy of the essay, complete below form and we will email it to you.