Is Australia really an egalitarian society? Do our tax and welfare systems still operate to keep the income gap between rich and poor from increasing too much? How is wealth distributed? What is the social wage? In this path-breaking program, we seek to answer these questions and more as we use published statistics and the opinions of leading commentators (including Sharan Burrow and Dr Ed Shann) on both sides of the issue to sort out what's happening. We also look at the effects of increasing inequality and at what can be done to reverse the trend.