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Income inequality trends in the 1980s and 1990s

Ann Harding

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 12(5) 134 - 136 Published: 2001

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Ann Harding


This article describes trends in income inequality in Australia during the past two decades, primarily using the income distribution survey unit record tapes released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 1982 and 1996–97. There has been little change in national overall inequality during this period. But this lack of overall change at the national level disguises two major trends.