The Good Life: what about the children?

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					The Good Life: what about the
children?
Janet McCalman




  Abstract
  This paper is a reflective historical survey of how Australia, despite its
  affluence, has not delivered ‘the good life’ to poor Australians, both
  indigenous and non‑indigenous. It argues that, contrary to our national
  mythology, this country was founded on institutionalised social inequality
  and on the exclusion of Indigenous 
				
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Description: This paper is a reflective historical survey of how Australia, despite its affluence, has not delivered 'the good life' to poor Australians, both indigenous and non-indigenous. It argues that, contrary to our national mythology, this country was founded on institutionalised social inequality and on the exclusion of Indigenous people from land rights, property and equal citizenship. As one of the world's twenty richest countries, we perform poorly across a wide range of social and health indicators because we suffer from entrenched, systemic and growing inequality. If we are to survive the challenges that face us from climate change and the global financial crisis, we need to shape policies that mitigate income and social inequality and that promote inclusion and better social cohesion. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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