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


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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