For the last quarter century the dominant Australian political narrative has been about increasing personal consumption. National success has been measured by the speed of economic growth: personal success by the size of one’s house or television. Strengthening competitiveness has been said to be the key and cutting public spending a necessary requirement. Acquisitiveness has been applauded more than altruism. Market fundamentalism became a widespread religion amongst economists and business people. Concern about social justice was minimised. Even amongst the less extreme political and corporate leaders and media commentators, social justice was relegated to marginal charity. Photo: AlicePopkorn flickr CC
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