Erin Stewart

Wayne Swan rightly points to the interference of Australia’s billionaires in political matters as costly to egalitarianism (‘The 0.01%’, March). However, we must also look towards the composition of Australia’s politicians to get a better understanding of why particular groups of Australians are so often left to face harsh conditions. In parliament today, we have increasing numbers of representatives who have worked as lawyers, businesspeople or are career politicians. How can the needs of the many be adequately protected by a parliament that only incorporates people from a very specific social background and which is not a real cross-section of the Australian population?

Erin Stewart 

Surry Hills, NSW