The Poverty of Australia By James Reed

     To appreciate what poverty can do to your spirit, it helps to be poor, not being able to pay bills, and not even getting decent food. Today the poverty line is set at $ 433 per week for a single adult, but for the same single, New Start only pays $ 275.10 per week. How then does one survive? As I see it, one does not, and is expected to go away and quietly rot, for they will replace you.

“MORE than three million Australians are living in poverty, including 739,000 children, according to a new report. That means about one in eight adults and one in six children are living below the poverty line. About half (53 per cent) of households living in poverty are relying on social security as their main source of income, the research by the Australian Council of Social Service and UNSW Sydney also shows. The report sets the poverty line as living on less than $433 a week for a single adult, or $909 for a couple with two children. On average, those living in poverty in Australia are missing that mark by $135 a week. While the majority are relying on social security, more than a third of households in poverty (38 per cent) are relying on wages. ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie says the findings should sway Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make ending poverty in all its forms his top priority. "The government argues that poverty in Australia is not the problem. They are wrong," she said.

     The solutions offered are to improve the welfare net, affordable housing and increase employment opportunities. That is fine as Band-Aid solutions, but we here see that social credit offers a much better alternative. It would be interesting if one of the ALoR experts could give us an idea of what the social dividend might be for today; what would a single bloke like me actually get? It would be a great selling point for the movement.



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