Poverty as a moral question: do we have the collective will to end it?

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How did we get here, and why does Australia, allegedly the land of the fair go, fail to make progress on lifting the bottom 10% out of poverty?

  • Gay Alcorn
  • The Guardian

Ronald Henderson, the chair of Australia’s only comprehensive inquiry into poverty, had what a friend called “an offended conscience”.

His inquiry, whose main report was released a few months before the Whitlam government was dismissed in 1975, did as much as any single act before or after it to prick the bubble that Australia was a country of the fair go for all.

To read it is to be struck by how much has changed – women have poured into the…

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