Two decades of declining economic performance overlaid by the current recession have seen increasing numbers of Australians cast aside. Issues of living standards and inequality have returned to the national psyche and the political agenda. Ahead of the next federal election both major parties have recognised the need to convince electors that past trends will be reversed once they regain (or achieve) office. Their rival blueprints have been subject to expert scrutiny, much of which has served to confuse all but the most quantitatively expert.
Recommended CitationSaunders, Peter, Poor Perception, Australian Left Review, 1(141), 1992, 10-11.