Inequity in Australia-A National Divide

Whilst it comes as no surprise, the latest ACOSS report confirms the rich are getting richer as the poor are getting poorer.  The report; Inequity in Australia-A National Divide paints a grim picture for those on lower incomes in Australia.  Alas this seems to be prevalent across the western world, with economic commentators warning of a breakdown in society if the trend continues.  IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says; ‘If left unchecked growing inequity risks further splintering our social fabric and entrenching social, economic and spacial divisions in our community.’
The report’s findings offer no surprises as traditional right-wing rhetoric maintains, that as the rich get richer some of that wealth trickles down to lower paid in communities.  This report scotches that myth, not only are the rich getting richer, but also for doing less work, whilst the only thing slowing this divide is that lower paid workers put in more hours.
No matter how this issue is deconstructed ultimately greed must be seen as a major contributing factor.  Australia, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, continues to undermine the efforts of those struggling the most.  For example, this month the WA Government pulled all funding from financial counseling services, at the very time this ACOSS report shows those services are crucial.  This decision threatens to distress vulnerable people, pushing them over the edge into homelessness, to crisis centres and hospitals, living in cars or unfortunately imprisoned.  Clearly the few thousand dollars saved will be eclipsed by the financial and social costs resulting from these cuts.
A society is judged by the way it treats is less well off.  Again, Australia’s score card does not look good.

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