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24 September 2018

Inequality in Australia: A young person’s perspective

The report presents the results of a survey of 3,400 young people on inequality and the issues that are most important to them. The survey found that young people place a high value on fairness, equity and equality in Australia. Their attitudes and goals in relation to education, employment and housing are most often altruistic and aimed at creating a better society for everyone. However, they perceive widening inequality gaps within society as a whole, between generations and within their own peer group. They are also overwhelmingly disappointed by government's response to their issues. They often cited politicians' lack of vision and inability to listen to young people. Overall, young people believed that governments are not acting in their best interests or the interests of future generations.