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Evatt Journal Vol. 18

Vol. 18, No. 2

The 40th anniversary of the Evatt Foundation

Please join us for a party on Friday evening to celebrate the Evatt Foundation's 40th anniversary and to honour Bruce Childs on his retirement from our executive. This is an occasion no reader of the Evatt Journal will want to miss. The speakers are Sally McManus and Tanya Plibersek. We will be serving canapes and drinks and featuring live music from 6.00 pm in the Strangers Dining Room at Parliament House, Macquarie Street. Tickets are $85.00 plus booking fee. More


News & Views

The climate

In the wake of the global strike and on the eve of the UN Summit, leading scientists find that the change is accelerating. More

Yes, the Great Barrier Reef definitely is in danger, recounts Terry Hughes. More


Andrew Leigh finds that the incarceration rate for Indigenous Australians is higher than that for African Americans. More

Peter Martin reports on why you're feeling no better off than 10 years ago. More

Meanwhile, up at the top end of town, median annual earnings reach $4.5m. More

The rich can’t get richer forever, can they? More

If the G7 were serious, they'd install a global corporate tax framework, argue Andrew Baker and Richard Murphy. More

Will Thomas Piketty catch the zeitgeist again with his new book, Capital & Ideology? More


So much for the 'rules based international order', observes James O'Neill. More

Australia has no obligation to support foolish and illegal acts, points out Paul Barratt. More

The risks are many, says Tony Walker. More


The ACTU shines a light on our dangerous workplaces. More


Murray Goot debunks the myth that late deciders determined the 2019 election. More

Can Elizabeth Warren bring ideas back into politics, asks Walter Shapiro. More


Neil Young rages against streaming. More


Remembering the UDHR at its 70th Anniversary

Elizabeth Evatt introduces the Evatt Foundation's celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More

From good international citizen to pariah? The decline of human rights protection in Australia

Gillian Triggs assesses the record upon the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. More

The continuing redistribution of Australia’s wealth, upwards

Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell critically analyse the latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics. More

Other Events

Evatt AGM

It's in the Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, on Tuesday 8 October, 6.30-8.00 pm. Evatt members only. Refreshments. [A notice has been sent to Evatt members].

Vol. 18, No. 1

Vale Bob Hawke: 1929-2019

A great national leader and a major figure in the history of the Australian labour movement, Bob Hawke was also a key figure in the establishment of the Evatt Foundation. More


Wealth inequality in Australia: 2012 to the present

One of the myths of the current election campaign period is that the Labor Party is proposing a novel agenda to redistribute wealth in Australia. The truth is that the Liberal Party is the most dedicated adherent to policies that redistribute Australia's wealth, the problem in this for the vast majority of the nation's households being that the direction of this redistribution is remorselessly upwards. In this issue of the Evatt Journal, we publish original research showing that, for the first time in more than half a century, it is clear that the richest 10% of Australian households now own more than half the nation’s private wealth. Wealth inequality has grown significantly over the four years from 2012 to the present, when reliable data have become available, and the pattern is clear. Wealth inequality in Australia is evolving along two fault lines. The bottom 40% of Australian households have practically no share of the rising total. Meanwhile, the middle 50% of households have a declining share relative to the Top 10%, and particularly relative to the Top 1%. More

The political economy of inequality

Achieving a fairer society will need a strong and sustained commitment over decades to come. Changing the federal government would be a good start, but it will need to be followed by strong and ongoing public support for egalitarian policies. In effect we will need to shift from emulating the profoundly inequitable US economic model to emulating the Nordic states which have much more equitable societies. And doing so in a distinctively Australian way that taps into cherished beliefs about a fair go. Frank Stilwell has written a new book on economic inequality to explain the nature of the challenge ahead, not only for Australia but for all modern societies. The book considers the patterns of inequality, the processes that cause it, the problems that result and the public policies that could reform it, given the political will to act. It is a work of committed scholarship, setting out to cooly consider the issues, the evidence and the competing currents of analysis, leading to the development of potentially progressive solutions. More

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