Economics is about maximising wellbeing, not money.
One only has to look at the current US election to see the impact inequality can have.
Rising property prices disproportionately impact women.
Where, in all of this talk of the economy, is the issue of poverty, both in Australia and abroad? What are the implications of the major parties' policies for poverty and inequality, two issues that bring a much-needed ethical inflection to the too often grubby business of electioneering?
I’ve heard people talk in the way I used to talk. They say, “one step at a time”. They’ll correct themselves when it’s an issue of sexuality or ethnicity, but when it comes to special needs they give themselves a free pass.
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Parents who can afford to opt for a private school no doubt believe that they are doing what's best. And perhaps they are -- for their own family. However, this "every man for himself" attitude -- although a natural survival instinct -- does not benefit society as a whole.
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The old myth that inequality is the price you pay for economic growth has been shattered. For economic growth to be both strong and sustainable, it must also be inclusive. Our economy needs to include more people and benefit more people.
Inequality in Australia is at a 75-year high. This is not evenly distributed around the nation. The pattern is different between cities, and also within them. Increasingly, place matters: where you live is shaping how you live.
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In this one world, it sometimes seems a race is on between the newly empowered and the recently dispo e ed. The truth is not only that both realities exist simultaneously, but that one is a condition...
Because every time we sulk about the cost of kale and our distance to the coast, we have less space in our hearts for the children growing up with hungry bellies and dirty floors, the people for whom Christmas is not a celebration but a reminder of what they're missing.
If we are going to sign up to a commitment to make life better for the world's billions of people, we need to make sure those of us who have the means will foot the bill.