Time to spread the wealth: Plibersek

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

LA­BOR deputy leader Tanya Plibersek says Aus­tralian so­ci­ety is less equal than it’s ever been in the past 75 years.

Ms Plibersek made the com­ments at the an­nual Light on the Hill speech, hon­our­ing for­mer prime min­is­ter Ben Chi­fley, in Bathurst last night.

Af­ter 25 years of con­tin­u­ous eco­nomic growth, there are still 2.9 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing be­low the poverty line and 1.8 mil­lion ei­ther un­em­ployed or un­der­em­ployed.

“Aus­tralians are work­ing harder than ever, but they are not get­ting ahead,” Ms Plibersek said.

She called for a na­tional plan for “in­clu­sive pros­per­ity”.

Tanya Plibersek

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