‘This book will open your eyes to how Australia really works.’
Australia has become one of the most unequal societies in the Western world, when just a generation ago, it was one of the most equal. This is the story of how networks of Mates have come to dominate business and government, robbing ordinary Australians.
Every hour you work, thirty minutes of it goes to line the Mates’ pockets rather than your own. Mates in big corporations, industry groups, government departments, the halls of parliament and the media skew the system to suit each other. Corporations dodge taxes, so you pay more. You pay more for your house and higher interest rates on your mortgage, more for your medicines and transport, and more for your children’s education and insurance, because the Mates take a cut.
Rigged uncovers the pattern of political favours, grey gifts and information sharing that has been allowed to build up over two decades. Drawing on extensive economic research, it exposes the Game of Mates as nothing less than cronyism on a grand scale across Australia, and how Australia has fallen behind other countries in combatting it.
Rigged is the second edition of Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation, that was first released in 2017.
Paul Frijters is a prominent research economist and has published over 70 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development. He specialises in applied micro-econometrics, including labour, happiness, and health economics.
Currently, Paul is a Project Director and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic Performance Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics.
What are ‘Grey Gifts’?
The Great Property Development Game
Interview with Professor Paul Frijters