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Australia's richest people are clawing back income from the rest of the country as they recover their financial vitality.

Figures compiled by Federal Labor backbencher Andrew Leigh, a former academic, reveal the level of national income held by the richest people is nearing that reached before the global financial crisis.

In 2010, based on Australian Taxation Office figures released last week, the nation's richest 10 per cent earned almost 31 per cent of Australian income.

After hitting 31.8 per cent of all income in 2006, the global financial crisis knocked incomes for the top 10 per cent.