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Table 1 How Australia compares

From: Steering without navigation equipment: the lamentable state of Australian health policy reform

The rank order of Australia compared with 18 other OECD* countries: selected statistics
  Year Rank No. of countries Australia's ranking
% population in absolute poverty 1995 10 = highest 10 10
Social security transfer (% GDP) 1990-1999 17 = lowest 17 17
% elderly in poverty Late 1990s 16 = highest 16 16
Income of elderly (above 65). ÷ Income 18-64 Mid 1990s 16 = lowest 16 16
Income at 90th/income at 10th percentile Late 1990s 17 = highest inequality 17 13
% population with income below 50% of median income Late 1990s 16 = highest 16 15
% children in poverty     
- single mother
- two parents
mid 1990s 15 = highest
15 = highest
15
15
13
13
Official Aid/GDP 2000 18 = lowest 18 15
Total tax/GDP (%) 2000 1 = highest tax 18 15
  1. * All OECD countries with a population above 3 million
  2. Source: [42]