Under the Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher's UK rule in the 1980s, the rich became richer and the poor became poorer.
Under President Ronald Reagan's US rule in the 1980s, the rich became richer and the poor became poorer.
Under Prime Minister Bob Hawke's Australian rule in the 1980s, the rich became richer and so did the poor. How did he get it right when neither the UK or the US did? It wasn't all about inflationary rising wages, which were held down. It was about societal benefits to the working class and to a lesser extent the lower and middle, middle class.
While Hawke's sweeping statement that no Australian child shall live in poverty by 1990 was predictably untrue, he did improve welfare for poor families and their children. He did improve health care hugely after the earlier public health care for all by PM God Gough Whitlam was wound back by the following conservative government.
There were many things with which I did not agree with Hawke and his government, including and especially the floating of our dollar against foreign currencies and the dropping of tariffs when no other country was doing so. Italian canned tomatoes by the ship load anyone?
As I was reminded in comments on my recent post about Barnaby Joyce, Hawke was hardly a paragon of virtue in what could be called 'personal morals', but then he never lectured others about their personal morals. He could hardly do so.
Anyway, Joyce has now resigned a Deputy PM due to his hypocrisy and lack of media management skills by him or his staff, and also from his ministerial position. Of course, the National Party, formerly the Country Party, is of little interest to most Australians, a minority party that keeps the conservative party in office.
Now our PM Turnedballs wants to lower company tax significantly, paid for by increasing the GST from 10% to 15%, that is a sales tax on pretty well everything that both the rich, pensioners and the poor will pay. Apparently the very experienced ABC journalist and presenter Emma Alberici had her piece of writing on the matter spiked by the ABC until it was edited to be 'more factual'. You can read the edited version here.
There is great social inequality in Australia like I don't think we have seen since before WWII. This will just add a bit more.