It has been revealed today that 2, 265, 000 people are living in poverty in Australia. That is:
♦ 1 in 8 people.
♦ 12.8% of the population.
♦ 575,000 children.
♦ 63% of unemployed households.
♦ 25% of people in lone parent households.
And this days after confirmation that the Australian government has made a policy change that will move approximately 100,000 single parents from the Parenting Payment to the much lower (and impossible to live on) Newstart allowance.
Not for the first time, I’m starting to question what Australia’s priorities are!
~ Disclaimer: I am one of the 2,265,000 living below the poverty line ~