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Some laws and the social conditions they affect seem relatively easy to change. When the pandemic started in 2020, the Australian government doubled the unemployment benefit with little discussion and no opposition. Poverty was drastically reduced. But the change was temporary. In 2021, the benefit dropped nearly to its previous level, and the rate of poverty increased again. Some commentators noted that poverty—often presented as a hard problem of governance—was actually not really that difficult to address (though there are, of course, adjacent social issues and flow-on effects). Other laws and associated social conditions are much more difficult and perhaps impossible to change. Private property is part of the fabric of social life in capitalist societies. Changes to the law of property, however important they are for challenging problems such as inequality, ongoing colonialism, and ecocide, are always highly contestable, difficult to imagine, and rarely made...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-169
Number of pages7
JournalFeminist Legal Studies
Issue number1
Early online date23 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Gender
  • Decertification of sex/gender
  • Identity
  • Legal status


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