John Quiggin is a Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on public policy. His next book, The Economic Consequences of the Pandemic, will be released by Yale University Press in early 2022.
On Australia’s present trajectory, the rich will be massively enriched, the well-off will be better off, and the costs of the pandemic will fall on the rest of the population. But the scope for radical change has rarely been greater.