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Post-war Australia experienced a boom with full employment and falling inequality. State Library of Queensland

Governments haven’t always shirked responsibility for our low wages

The federal government could restore its commitment to creating full employment in Australia, using its spending power to make up for any shortfall in private jobs as it did during the post-war boom.
So many of the factors influencing low wages growth for Australian workers are also an important influence on CEO pay, although not necessarily in the same way. ANGELA BRKIC/AAP

Why Australian CEOs are sharing part of our wages pain

Data shows that growth in total CEO pay has outstripped average Australian wage growth in every year of the last five years. But perhaps we need to look more closely.

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