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Listed under:  Economics and business  >  Economy  >  Wealth  >  Income distribution
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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 6 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. In the excerpt, actors portray wealthy shipowners and their wives during the Great ...

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Prices and the People, 1948: Who gets the profits?

This black-and-white clip uses actuality and dramatised footage accompanied by narration to argue that rising prices are lowering living standards for ordinary Australians and widening the gap between the socioeconomic classes. Footage of an elderly pensioner subsisting on a meagre pension is contrasted with dramatised ...

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Toby Gess remembers the Eden fish cannery, 2005

This is an edited sound recording of Toby Gess discussing the women who worked on the production line at a fish cannery at Eden on the south coast of New South Wales. Gess, who was production controller at the cannery in the 1950s and 1960s, recalls that the women's work was physically demanding and not well paid. The recording ...