Overconsumption in Australia: the rise of the middle-class battler

by Clive Hamilton

A recent Newspoll survey, commissioned by the Institute, reveals that 62 per cent of Australians believe that they cannot afford to buy everything they really need. Taking into consideration the fact that Australia is one of the richest countries in the world and that Australians today have income three times higher than in 1950, it is remarkable that such a high proportion feel that their incomes are inadequate.

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