‘Liberty, Fraternity and – what was the other word?’ How equality fell off the political agenda in Australia

Accountability Round Table Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture, 29 April 2022
Barry Jones

“‘Equality’ dropped off Australia’s political agenda in the 21st century. Both sides of politics recognise that winning elections depends on winning votes from ‘aspirationals’. So progressive taxation was dropped, education is more stratified in Australia than the UK or US, and governments and political parties have abandoned ‘needs based’ policies.

A standard measure of ‘equality’ has been equal treatment under the law, but past decades have been marked by the protection of special interests who are above the law and the harsh treatment of those below the law …”