Family link, the proud family: The proud family is a great family, writes the former treasurer of the Liberal Party
Family links are the great family in the grand scheme of things.
In a nation that is growing increasingly disconnected from the rest of us, and in which the number of people with two incomes has fallen by more than a quarter since the 1960s, there is no greater symbol of the fragility of the economic structure than the family link.
It is a shared heritage, a cultural touchstone that transcends generational divides and is shared by the broader Australian community.
But in the face of growing economic inequality, and the pressures of a changing world, the great link between a family and its members is increasingly under threat.
The Federal Government’s policy of cutting the family tax benefit has been welcomed by some and condemned by others, but it is likely to be one of the last measures to cut the benefits of this important and integral part of Australian life.
As one of its members recently wrote to me, “the family is the backbone of the Australian economy”.
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