The most important effort to measure poverty in post-war Australia was the 1975 Royal Commission on Poverty, chaired by Professor Ronald Henderson, CMG AO, of the University of Melbourne. Twenty-two years later, the authors of Australian Poverty- Then and Now provide a telling comparison between the findings of Henderson's Commission and the present day. The theme of the chapters in the book rests mainly on a description of Henderson's findings and recommendations in 1975, and the changes, achievements, failings and general comparative conditions today. The volume explains the task of assessing the level of poverty in a country which remains lucky for some but not for others.
- Electronic book text
- 18 Oct 2016
- Melbourne University Press
- Melbourne University Press Digital
- Melbourne, Australia
About Ruth Fincher and John Nieuwenhuysen
The editors are both eminent in their fields. Ruth Fincher is Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. John Nieuwenhuysen is Chief Executive of the Commitee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Other contributors include Bishop Michael Challen and well known academics from Sydney, Melbourne and the ANU.