Vinnies repeats poverty condemnation

CLICK HEREIn the light of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released in August, the St Vincent de Paul Society's national operations manager John Falzon has said said it's a "national scandal" that Australians are being prevented from moving out of poverty.

The Catholic Weekly reports that Dr Falzon says the statistics prove that people in Australia are being prevented from moving out of poverty and into full participation in the community.

He says it is "a national scandal" that one in seven children in Australia is living in poverty and has called on the Government to ensure that incomes are adequate and fair across the board and that there is equal and affordable access to vital goods and services.

Dr Falzon was commenting on a survey which shows that the richest fifth of Australian families are spending nearly four times more each week than the poorest fifth.

It also shows that the rate of spending by the rich is growing much more quickly than for the poor.

The survey affirms the recently published poverty report by Vinnies which found that income inequality was widening significantly.

"Inequality in Australia isn't just a matter of income, it's also a matter of inequality of access to essential goods and service," Dr Falzon said.

The survey "provides us with more evidence of the cost pressures on low-income households, especially in areas such as health and housing costs", he said.

"We at Vinnies are daily witnesses to the costs that low-income households are unable to meet in their daily struggle to survive. The shift in cost burdens from the public purse to the private pocket will always result in a disproportionate impact on those who are most marginalised in society."

Poverty 'a national scandal' (Catholic Weekly 4/9/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Latest household income and wealth statistics: ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics 4/8/05) | Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia
St Vincent de Paul Society

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32 Sep 2005