Working class



The new majority: the state and future of the British centre-right

Over the last few years, the centre-right coalition in the United Kingdom has broadened beyond recognition – illustrated most strikingly by the Conservative Party’s landslide win at the 2019 election. The author of this report argues that the conservative movement’s future lies in paying disproportionate...

Panic! Social class, taste and inequalities in the creative industries

This paper highlights the significant exclusions of those from working class origins, women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds across the cultural and creative industries, which include the arts, music, publishing, advertising and IT.

Choosing opportunity: a policy blueprint for a fairer Australia

Executive Summary The strength of Australia’s economy and the opportunities it affords everyday citizens in a global context today is unarguable: our country has enjoyed over two decades of economic growth, with all classes of Australians enjoying the associated benefits. But it is becoming increasingly...

Protect weekend penalty rates

ALP 2016 election campaign policy on protecting penalty rates for Australian workers. Labor understands that penalty rates are not a luxury; they are what pays the bills and puts food on the table for the 4.5 million Australians that rely on them. Penalty rates are...

The ‘C’ word: class, migrants and academia

In this chapter May Ngo discusses her background as a child of Vietnamese bakers in Sydney and how having a working-class background has influenced what she does now at university. The 'C' word appears at page 20, following the introduction to this book Bread and...

Exploring the factors associated with youths' educational outcomes: the role of locus of control and parental socio-economic background

Using unique information for a cohort of Australian youth, this paper explores the association between youths' perception of control (i.e. locus of control) and three educational outcomes: (i) Year 12 completion, (ii) whether youth obtained an Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) score, and (iii)...

The role of non-traditional work in the Australian labour market

Around 3.3 million people were engaged in ‘non-traditional’ work in 2004, representing approximately one third of all employed people. Overall, this number had grown since 1998, but non-traditional work’s share of the total workforce remained largely unchanged. Non-traditional work is mostly a temporary or transitory...