Suburban scars: Australian cities and socio-economic deprivation

Economics Urbanisation Australia

Scott Baum's sweeping new report pinpointing hot-spots of Australia's escalating rich-poor divide and identifying those suburbs left behind by Australia's economic boom.

Despite the fact Australia has enjoyed a sustained period of aggregate national prosperity since the early 1990s, it is equally the case that this growth has not been evenly shared among the population. Not only have social disparities persisted, they have got worse with certain communities appearing to be particularly vulnerable. Social and economic transitions that have characterised the past three or four decades have left the scars of change across society. For many social scientists and politicians an inclusive nation is one that not only sets in place mechanisms for dynamic economic and social change, but also ensures that all its citizens, living in its disparate cities, towns and regions, can participate in and benefit from this economic development

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