A headlong dash into the chasm of hyperbole

Poverty Social equality Australia

The St Vincent de Paul Society's recent paper, The Reality of Income Inequality in Australia, warns of Australia's 'current headlong dash into the chasm of inequality'. In his response Peter Saunders shows this claim is grossly exaggerated. The Vinnies' report argues that there has been 'a very significant shift to greater inequality' of disposable incomes (after tax and welfare transfers), but this is false. Surveys by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest the income gap may have widened slightly, but the ABS warns this increase is not statistically significant.

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