It’s a shame that this book is such unfriendly reading, because I believe that Swan, after looking through all the statistics, and experiencing himself the plight of Australians who are less well off, does genuinely worry about Australia’s poor.
During such hey days of what seems like a constantly booming economy, Swan has shown that there is still an underbelly in Australian society that has not done well from the boom. His most convincing argument, and one that I agree with wholeheartedly, is that it is important for the country’s continuing economic health that people who are struggling be given a helping hand, whether it be education or health or what have you. A poor child given an excellent education and good health care and access to facilities will end up earning a bomb and providing a good revenue source (taxes).
Alas, this is a really dull book. Or was it just me? Maybe I just can’t concentrate on important studies and their mind boggling statistics.
I can’t really recommend that you read this book. Swan is saying that there is a problem here that the Howard Government has failed to recognise and address (the book was written in 2005). Now Swan is Treasurer it is his chance to show that he is serious about combating Australian poverty.
If you do decided to read this book, it will be a good reminder that not everyone in Australia is doing that well, and that in a rich country that should not be the case.