Poverty a shame
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