By Fred Argy
Addressing the difficulty of Australia's waning egalitarianism, this publication clarifies the underlying cultural, ethical, and philosophical forces accountable for the altering face of egalitarianism and descriptions an bold yet economically and politically workable social reform time table for the long run. mentioned are concerns equivalent to why Australian egalitarianism is lower than danger; if it is correct in charge economists or even if cultural, social, and political forces are extra vital; the results of much less egalitarian regulations at the total wellbeing and fitness of standard Australians; and the choices for the longer term.
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The shortage of medicos in rural and remote areas, which impacts disproportionately on Aboriginal Australians, is also in part a resource constraint problem. Low-income families in general suffer most from fiscal constraints on health spending. The growing shortage of facilities for aged nursing care, for mental care and for economical dental care are a particular problem for low-income aged households, especially in rural areas. A study by NATSEM (Percival 2001) found that lower-income households spent a much higher proportion of their non-food expenditures on out of pocket health expenses than did higher income households.
Much of the population drift has been interstate and from many smaller rural areas to ‘sponge areas’ (large regional centres). In terms of income and wealth, we are seeing ‘apparent dramatic increases in regional inequality’—especially between states and postcodes within states (Harding, NATSEM News, Jul. 2000, p. 2). au 9 HOOLEY PLACE KAMBAH ACT 2902 37 208 x 140 Where to From Here? trend (discussed in Argy 1998a, pp. 154–5) appears to have accelerated after the early 1990s. A recent broad-based AMP–NATSEM report which focused on the incomes of taxpayers living in affluent and poor households, found that ‘spatial inequality has continued to increase in the second half of the 1990s’ (Harding Australian 25 Feb.
Not all the education indicators are negative. Some recent work by Professor Teese, focused on some suburbs of Melbourne, found that disadvantaged students were achieving better outcomes in mathematics and the sciences, although their progress has not been so great as to close or even substantially reduce the gap in outcomes between them and upper middle-class students (unpublished information supplied by Teese). 27 Indigenous participation rates are increasing, especially in vocational education and training.