Life tough for some
THE ACOSS Poverty in Australia Report 2016 released last month found about three million people – 13.3 per cent of the population – is living below the poverty line.
Comparing figures a decade apart, it revealed 17.4 per cent – or 731,300 – of Australian children under the age of 15 were enduring a poverty-stricken life.
“It is a national shame that … we have not done better at changing this trajectory and ensuring our most precious national resource, our children, are given the best possible start in life,” ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie said.
The report showed the poverty line for a single adult was $426.30 a week and $895.22 for a couple with two children.