Poverty a shame

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

I READ a let­ter in a news­pa­per re­cently and the au­thor stated he was ap­proached by an old man at a shop­ping cen­tre, and asked if he had any money to help feed his fam­ily which is ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing to hear.

But this is a very sad re­minder that there is an es­ti­mated 36,000 Australians liv­ing in poverty, home­less fam­i­lies liv­ing in cars and tents and chil­dren go­ing off to school hun­gry.

All this while we give $600 mil­lion in overseas aid an­nu­ally, 190,000 im­mi­grants are ac­cepted into this coun­try ev­ery year, given im­me­di­ate ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and cloth­ing sup­plied, free med­i­cal and den­tal, even hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions are given pref­er­ence to im­mi­grants over Aus­tralian fam­i­lies, who have had their names on th­ese pub­lic hous­ing and hos­pi­tal wait­ing lists for sev­eral years.

When we re­flect back to the fan­tas­tic 1950s, 60s, and 70s, re­mem­bered by us baby boomer gen­er­a­tion as the Gar­den of Eden years, we would never have thought in our wildest dreams that chil­dren in this coun­try would ever go hun­gry, while bil­lions is splashed on other coun­tries and refugees ar­riv­ing here. — Ken Wade, Tweed Heads

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