Life tough for some

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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