Reducing Inequality - A Strategy for a Cause

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Jesson Memorial Lecture: Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas on “Reducing Inequality - A Strategy for a Cause”.

Wednesday, October 30, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, Auckland University

Bar opens at 5.30pm. The speaker, a Distinguished Fellow at the Law School at The University of Auckland, argues that the gross inequality in income and wealth which besets New Zealand is the outcome of the neo-liberal economic measures of the mid- 1980s and early 1990s and the culture of liberal individualism and unfettered free market ideology which it spawned. A breakdown in social cohesion and a sense of community is the result. Reforms to counter this inequality are widely mooted. But increasing focus and discussion on the topic is confronted by a plethora of mantras and myths purveyed by the rich and powerful. The stimulus for change is deadened. The speaker advances a strategy designed to provide a coherent impetus to reduce the rank inequality that now prevails.

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