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Fraser in large part blames “neoliberalism” and its influence on policymaking for the “disconnect between Australia’s impressive economic growth story and its failure on so many markers to show progress towards a better, fairer society”.
“Favouring the market system ahead of the state system, and individual interests ahead of community interests, can lead to profoundly unfair social outcomes.
“Those unable to afford access to decent standards of housing, healthcare, and other essential services have to settle for inferior arrangements, or go without.”
Fraser says charitable organisations see the effects of “real poverty” that result in “misery, anxiety and loss of self-esteem of mothers unable to put food on the table for their kids, of old and young homeless people, and the victims of domestic violence and drug overdoses”.
Fraser summarises the key thrusts of neoliberalism as “the pursuit of the lowest possible rates of income and most other taxes and the maximum restraint on government interventions and spending programs”.