Australia Must Address Social Injustice


Target: The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia

Goal: Adopt low-cost fixes to improve education, income inequality, and homelessness in Australia

Earlier this year, a Senate committee reported on social health issues giving Australia low-cost recommendations to mitigate social injustice. Australia’s failure to act on the report was deemed “unacceptable” and now the Social Determinants of Health Alliance will meet to address the lack of response to this very relevant report on poverty. Urge the Australian Government to take action against social injustice by addressing the issues the Senate committee has emphasized.

The Senate committee report listed the implementation of a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report that aimed to reduce social injustice. In it, WHO claimed that “social injustice is killing people on a grand scale,” and suggested that countries directly address areas such as lack of education, income inequality, and homelessness. If these specific problems are mitigated, many countries can drastically reduce the rate of poverty and increase the average person’s life expectancy. If they are not addressed, the health of Australian citizens, especially the poor, will be jeopardized.

As it remains, the Australian Government has not yet taken action to increase education or reduce income inequality and homelessness since the report was given. The Senate standing committee on community affairs has made detailed recommendations to the federal government. Specifically, the government should incorporate responsibility for social determinants of health policies; according to WHO, these policies concern the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Such conditions are affected by the distribution of money, power, and resources. Essentially, a focus on these social factors can help the government trim down poverty and track improvement over time.

It is unknown whether the upcoming meeting will result in new suggestions for the  Australian Government, or if the alliance will simply reiterate the importance of taking action. Regardless, it is vital that Australia address these issues and implement low-cost methods to combat social injustice.


Dear Government of the Commonwealth of Australia,

Recently, two near-identical reports highlighted social injustice in Australia and provided specific recommendations to improve education and decrease income inequality and homelessness. The result of action would be improved living conditions for many, but the Australian Government has failed to act. Its refusal to comply with the recommendations of these reports has been called “unacceptable” by a variety of sources, and it casts Australia in a negative light.

Both reports state that improving aspects of social injustice would be low-cost, and therefore it is incomprehensible that this government stands by idly while its citizens suffer from preventable problems. Poverty is a complex issue, but small fixes are often very easy to employ. Please consider this information and address the issues highlighted by following the specific recommendations the reports have provided. It is the duty of the government to act in favor of its citizens at all times. Ignoring social injustice is truly unacceptable.


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