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Why Unions are Vital to Advance Australia Fair

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Why Unions are Vital to Advance Australia Fair

Per Capita hosts Andrew Leigh MP


Unions aren’t merely the social force that brought Australia the eight-hour day, the weekend, annual leave and sick leave. They’re also a powerful force for greater equality. Over the past generation, inequality has risen markedly. It’s hard to escape the fact that this has occurred at the same time as the share of workers in a union has fallen. In this talk, Andrew will outline the theory and evidence on how unions reduce inequality, and why egalitarianism and unionisation are inextricably linked.


Tuesday 2nd October, 5:30pm for 6pm start

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, 21/380 La Trobe St, Melbourne


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About Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40.

His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017) and Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled "The Good Life", which is available on Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes).

Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.

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