Brotherhood of St Laurence
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June 1998 Revised version of the Plenary Address to the `Conference to Mark the Centenary of Seebohm Rowntree's First Study of Poverty in York,' University of York, England, 18-20 March 1998. Includes bibliographical references.

This paper provides an overview of the historical development of poverty research in Australia, focusing on the impact of Seebohm Rowntree's first study of poverty in York, conducted one hundred years ago. It also reviews some of the recent Australian evidence on the extent of poverty and summarises the debates generated by that research.

Defining Poverty and Identifying the Poor.pdf


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