by Bruce Duncan, Eureka Street (November 1992), 32-33, 35.

In the middle of one of Australia’s most severe economic recessions in 60 years, the Catholic bishops, in their long-awaited 1992 statement on the distribution of wealth denounced the situation as unjust. They pointed to ‘the great and increasing inequality of wealth and income in Australia, the presence of serious poverty, unemployment and homelessness, and the growth , of what is commonly called an “underclass class” of gravely disadvantaged people’ (p. xiv).

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