Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has provoked a global debate about rising inequality and what to do about it.
The University of Melbourne recently hosted a panel discussion these issues, with pannelists Professor Ross Garnaut, Dr Mark Triffitt and Dr Helen Szoke. The panellists discussed Australia's wealth and opportunity gap, particularly in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.
Half of women and a quarter of men have experienced discrimination in the workplace because of family obligations. Associate Professor Susan Ainsworth told ABC News 24 that there were some positives in the latest survey by the Human Rights Commission.
Australia's largest household survey has revealed that retirees are dependent on government benefits, men are doing dramatically less housework than women and that 'female breadwinners' are on the rise.
Australian workplaces and households have changed dramatically over the past decade. This episode of VISIONS looks at the latest data from Australia's largest nationally representative survey, HILDA. Since 2001 economists from the Melbourne Institute have collected data from the same group of several thousands Australians to develop a 'moving picture' of how their lives are changing. Read more here.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.