by Bruce Duncan CSsR,

in A Fair Society: Common Wealth for the Common Good: ten years on. Australian Catholic Social Justice Series, Sydney: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2003, pp. 13-28.

Poverty and Inequality since 1992Concern about poverty, equity and the distribution of income and wealth was central to the 1992 Catholic Bishops’ statement, Common Wealth for the Common Good: a statement on the distribution of wealth in Australia. This 198-page document examined the causes of the growth in poverty and inequality of income, and made a number of recommendations to enhance social equity and reduce poverty.

Ten years later, we can ask how Australia compares on these issues.

  • Has poverty been reduced?
  • And have changes in distribution of income and wealth reduced or increased inequalities?

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