Talk about ‘lifters’ and ‘leaners’ relies on the belief that our economy offers everyone except people with severe and permanent disabilities the opportunity to contribute. This rhetoric categorises people according to their moral and personal qualities, and positions those who miss out as less worthy than those who do not. But what about people who can’t get ahead because something in the social and economic system blocks their way? These are the perennial ‘forgotten people’, invisible to Menzies, invisible now.
Read Don Arthur's article (642) in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.