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Report shows it’s time to tackle inequality

Jul 31, 2018, 12:09 PM by Maiy Azize

Anglicare Australia says the Inequality in Australia report, released by the Australian Council of Social Service today, is yet more evidence of inequality in Australia.

“Inequality is real – and this report shows that it’s worse than many people think,” said Anglicare Australia Acting Executive Director Roland Manderson.

“Australia has had twenty years of economic growth, but not everyone is sharing the benefits. A smaller and smaller number of Australians own more and more of the nation’s wealth.

“The report also shows that the gap between the highest and lowest and incomes is growing. That’s something the Anglicare Australia Network has been seeing for years, with more people seeking help from our emergency relief services. Worryingly, some of the people coming to us – a growing number – are in paid work.

“Our tax system used to help us guard against inequality. But that has changed too – for the last fifteen years, tax cuts have been going to those who need it least.

“This reflects the findings of The Cost of Privilege report commissioned by Anglicare Australia in March. We found that the tax and transfer system benefits the wealthiest far more than we realise – costing more than any welfare recipient group.

“We ought to remember this whenever we hear someone say that Australia can’t afford to increase Newstart or help those in need. We can, and this report shows that we must.

“We must accept that growing inequality is a problem across Australia and do something about it – not leave people behind,” Mr Manderson said.