There are many intermediate steps in the move from a snapshot comparison of the distribution of taxation and benefits in Australia and the United Kingdom to a life course perspective. Taking time into account over the short and medium terms shows us the impact of risks that individuals and their families face. Many people rise and fall, and when they fall, most people get up again. This means that most of benefit-receiving ‘them’ are also taxpaying ‘us’.
Part 4 in an 8-part series by Peter Whiteford focusing on John Hills' book Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.