Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation

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Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation
Postcode Book Wayne Swan.JPG
2005 edition cover
Author Wayne Swan
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Politics
Publisher Pluto Press Australia
Publication date
Media type Softcover
Pages 248
ISBN ISBN 1-86403-360-6
OCLC 61203382
330.994 22
LC Class HN850.Z9 S6472 2005

Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation is a book by Australian politician Wayne Swan published in 2005. Swan was the Federal Treasurer from November 2007 to June 2013.


Swan's concerns were criticised when his government payment reforms were made known to the public. It was alleged[who?] that restriction of access to family benefits for upper-middle income earners, less than half of whom have any children to provide for, was unjust given the loss of the "baby bonus", worth $5,000 per infant, was not applied in equal measure to those who didn't run a household.[clarification needed][1]


Frank Bongiorno noted that the book frames the socialist ideas of "reducing poverty and disadvantage, with education and training to play a key role both in achieving this goal and in lifting the country's economic performance more generally; phasing out private debt and consumption; and creating a more rational interaction between the welfare and tax systems" in a circumspect manner. There was a discernably more nuanced take on the evolution of "disadvantage" than in similar critiques but it then proposes languid (dated) and politicised (apersonal) solutions to such a crisis, thus disengaging the reader, early in the discourse.[2]


  1. ^ Irvine, Jessica (2008-05-17). "Swan's Robin Hood image dented". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Bongiorno, Frank (2006-06-12). "‘My Plans for the Nation’—Labor politicians’ designs on Australia’s future". Australian Review of Public Affairs Digest (Sydney: The University of Sydney). ISSN 1832-1526. Retrieved 2008-08-25.