Originally published in On Line Opinion on May 3, 2013

In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke promised that by 1990 no child would live in poverty. While those words have haunted him ever since, a new analysis by The Australia Institute reveals that his government did more to tackle poverty than all subsequent governments. Under the Hawke government, poverty rates dropped when welfare benefits rose above the poverty line. Yet, in Australia today, one in eight people and one in six children live in poverty

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