In 2019 inequality was a big federal election issue. Now it’s off the radar
But after voters rejected that agenda in 2019, Anthony Albanese overhauled both the policy and the rhetoric. Labor continues to argue government is a positive force in the lives of Australians, but now, Albanese speaks of a future where “no one is held back and no one is left behind”.
The substantive focus may have shifted since 2019, and the rhetoric may have softened, but the problem of inequality persists.
A report released in March from the Australian Council of Social Service and the University of New South Wales points out that government payments distributed during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic halved poverty and significantly reduced income inequality in this country.