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RMIT's EU Centre and the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) present this symposium to discuss issues of inequality, and what can be done about it in Australia and the EU.
Over the last decade, a growing international debate has focused on the increasing polarisation of rich and poor in the developed world, and the serious economic, social and environmental consequences which flow from gross inequality in income and wealth. These consequences affect all of us. While writers such as Piketty, Stiglitz and Wilkinson have attracted much of the attention in this debate, other more surprising voices are becoming insistent: the Governor of the Bank of England, the IMF and the World Bank, not least.
How is the increased polarisation playing out in Australia? How are the European and North American debates relevant in Australia? Besides the possibility of credit default and Grexit, Greece is manifesting some of these inequalities in very graphics ways. What are the consequences of increasing inequality for the Australian economy, as well as citizens? What kinds of policy initiatives will work and be acceptable with the electorate? Can circumstances and proposals in Australia be compared with those in the European Union?
This upcoming symposium considers these questions.
To attend this event as an audience member
This special event is open to members of the public, and especially those with an interest in civil society, business and globalisation.
Entry fee: $10.00
A registration link and further registration details will be provided on this page shortly.
Call for papers
Scholars and others from civil society, business, universities and the media interested in this issue, particularly its comparative dimension, are invited to contribute. You might wish to contribute a paper, a poster or workshop.
Topics might cover:
- Challenges of poverty and entrenched disadvantage
- Austerity and deficit containment – EU and Australia
- Economic consequences of polarisation and limited growth in wages
- Funding non-wage incomes
- Taxation reform
- Early development, education and lifelong learning
- Inequality and environmental degradation
- Prospects for the social investment welfare state
- Governance and federal responsibilities
Abstracts of no less than 300 words, along with your name and institutional identification should be submitted to Bruno Mascitelli.
Download the Call for papers (PDF 175 KB)
Submission deadline: 31 August 2015
Registration fee: $25.00 for presenters (CESAA members can participate and present free of charge)