Freedom of Information documents show the Bureau of Statistics spent a good deal of effort toning down news of rising inequality. The Productivity Commission seems to have been at it too.
Better data would tell us more about the ultrawealthy, but they really do seem to be growing more wealthy, more quickly, than the rest of us.
The ABS has it wrong: inequality isn't stable in Australia. It's getting worse and worse, write Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell.
If the IMF is truly concerned with inequality, it needs to make specific changes that go beyond speeches, research papers and ‘pilot projects’, write Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell.
A 700-page book on economics was never going to be a walk in the park, but it's worth the effort, writes Christopher Sheil.