The number of Queenslanders living in poverty almost doubled in the 14 years to 1995, with the cycle of despair deepening in rural and regional areas.
    Single young people, the aged and sole parent families are now the main victims of the increasing trap. This is according to the issues paper People and Places - A Profile of Growing Disadvantaged in Queensland, released by the Social Action Office of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes and the Queensland Council of Social Service.
    The Social Action Office's lobbying and education coordinator Sr Marlete Black said the report also showed that development in the state had been both uneven and unequal.
    "We face the prospect of a highly divided society facing imimense social problems if this trend continues," she said. "The figures show the real impact of housing costs on disposable income and how it can make the difference between being caught in poverty or escaping it."

2:54pm 14/5/99 / Catholic Leader


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