It’s interesting that the Greens want a discussion about wealth. The announcement of their new “Greens with envy” tax policy certainly started a conversation.

For as long as most of us have lived, we’ve been regarded as a prosperous country. But we’re not any more. Sure, it’s still a nice place to live, the climate is moderate and the scenery is magnificent. But wealthy and prosperous? Sadly, no longer.

We’re now having daily conversations about child poverty, homelessness and youth crime. Our educational establishments are failing. Our universities are in decline. And despite the good intentions of our champions at the medical coalface, our healthcare system is not coping with the needs of the people.

These factors, in turn, mean our once-envied standard of living is slipping alongside a weakening economy, infrastructure failures and arguments about racial equality.