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the media coverage. The media coverage that consistently disregards those individuals on the outside of mainstream society because they lack economic power and resources, the commodities that support capitalism. A crucial element of this is advertising. Advertising is structured to maintain the status quo and to be profitable, therefore advertisements are presented through stereotypical images of people and situations, and in fact are representative images of the dominant group’s culture and lifestyle. An acceptable situation for the dominant group but these images are socially harmful, they reinforce the social barriers that social movements have been challenging for years, after all how often are low-income families or homosexuals featured in day to day advertisements?

“Capitalist societies are marked by a striking inequality of wealth. Such economic disparity..gives some people far more choices and opportunities than others. Thus, capitalism looks undemocratic in so far as such a system attends to the needs of only the well-to-do.” (Macionis et al, 1997, p.443). Australia is a democratic society built on extensive bureaucracy, a bureaucracy that consists of corporate businesses who yield considerable influence and social power in political decisions. The economic principles of the Government and it’s affiliated bureaucracy adhere to capitalism providing political liberties for those of wealth and social power but not providing for the low income earners. (Macionis et al, 1997). The proposed introduction of the Goods and Services Tax in

the Federal Government’s tax reform plan is an example of sustaining the inequalities that a capitalist economy supports. For all intents and purposes the tax reform package is long overdue and does have viability in some areas in the economic restructuring of Australia’s current taxation system, but overall it is discriminating toward the low to middle income earner and sustains the inequity of the current Australian capitalist economy. Under the regime of a capitalist economy, poverty will continue to coexist with affluence, a situation that is a legitimate feature of modern capitalist societies. In Australian society, the Federal Government claims that the proposed restructuring of the taxation system will not be inequitable for any Australian. Yet it sustains the status

quo for the low to middle income earner whilst maximising advantages and benefits for those individuals and businesses of wealth and social influence. On balance, does a capitalist economy promote a fair distribution of wealth and social power? I say not. BIBLIOGRAPHY A Current Affair with Ray Martin Media Transcript No. 53, 1998, “Tax Reform” (online). Available at URL: http:/www.taxreform.gov.au/media/tsr053.htm (Accessed 25 March 1999). ACOSS Media Release 1998, “Two million living in poverty”, (online). Available at URL: http:/www.acoss.org.au/media/1998/poverty_facts.htm (Accessed 30 April 1999). ACOSS Media Release 1999, “ACOSS EXPOSES RAW NERVE: What the Treasurer giveth in tax cuts he mostly taketh away in GST”, (online). Available at URL:

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