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Class in Australia

There is a common myth that Australia is noted as a ‘classless society’; however, in fact, different class structures are divided in Australian society (McGregor 2001:1; Arvantakis 2009: 64). The article Whatever Happened to the Classless Society? that was written by Thornton Mccamish (2009) would explain clearly about this. It highlights about different classes of Australian society that are divided by social and economic factors.                   

The social-economic can define or identify Australian’s social group or class, in other words, Australians define themselves in everyday life based on social makers, such as their age, their job, appearance, sexuality, social status and location. According to this article, classes in Australia can be defined as everyone pleasant egalitarian dream. In fact, Australia is the fifth unequal developed country in the world. The idea is that the rich is getting richer and vice versa.

There is competition between classes in society, in that Australians tend to be more self-employed than working as part of a trade union. There is a competitive nature in societies to consume more by earning more income, which leads to longer working hours and higher level of personal debt.

The article also shows that ignoring there is unstructured class in Australia society, but in reality socio-economic divides social difference, such as business class, working class and economic class. According to this article, nearly thirty percent of adult Australians now receive some form of government income support while non-government organisations such as: The Smith Family, St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army continues to play the major role to national support and wellbeing.  


Mccamish, T 16 August 2009, Whatever happened to the classless society?, viewed 17 March 2011, <http://www.theage.com.au/national/whatever-happened-to-the-classless-society-20090815-elt2.html

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