Lowest paid being in richest 20pc of households blunts wage-lift case

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 13-Mar-19

Analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey shows that 13.8 per cent of the nation’s lowest-paid workers are living in the wealthiest 20 per cent of households. In contrast, 13.6 per cent of people on the lowest incomes are living in the poorest 20 per cent of households. The director of the HILDA Survey, Professor Mark Wooden, notes that many people on low incomes are secondary earners working in small business or the self-employed, particularly in wealthier households. He has also questioned the merits of a ‘living wage’, as advocated by Labor leader Bill Shorten.

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UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

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