Perceptions of the levels of both income and wealth inequality are derived from our day-to-day experiences.
If the gap between the wealth of the billionaires and that of the average residents continues to widen dramatically, there is likely to be discontent.
Wealth in Australia is much more unequally distributed than income.
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The two major sources of data show conflicting trends on income inequality.
Australian women are having two or fewer babies over their life-course.
Australia will be left behind without adequate planning and preparation on fertility issues.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market.
Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
Despite the prominence given to underemployment, ‘overemployment’ is more pervasive in Australia.
Australia's labour market does a relatively good job of accommodating the preferences of the majority of workers. But that's not to say there's no-one who wouldn't prefer to work more – or less.
Women may be happy in jobs that are stereotypically seen as ‘women’s work’ because of the way gender roles have developed over time.
Women may be happy in roles that are associated with gender stereotypes but the gender pay gap persists and women certainly aren't happy with that.
How has working life changed?
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Though absolute poverty has decreased significantly in the last 15 years, relative poverty has remained stable in Australia.
How has the wealth of Australian households changed over the last 15 years?
Australia’s wealth tends to be with older people.
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Household incomes and wealth have remained stagnant since 2009.
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Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage.
Measures of household wealth don't go far enough in identifying those most at risk of being excluded from society, or in explaining the level of exclusion they face.
The area of how sexual orientation affects pay rates is under-researched.
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Gay men earn less than heterosexual men, but lesbians earn more than straight women. The reasons may surprise you.
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Most Australians have benefited from the mining boom – except single-parent families who are living in poverty.
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Government policies have helped women back to work - but the cost is increased stress.
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