While the Australian economy is healthier than it's been for 30 years, hardship is rife throughout Brisbane, and recent studies showing Queensland to be Australia's poorest state can be verified by St Vincent de Paul volunteers, according to the organisation's State President Tim O'Connor.
    "What must be realised is that the level of poverty in this state is a problem affecting the whole community. As such, the solution must be a whole of community one too. That means the public, welfare groups and the government must work together to find solutions," he said.
    The organisation is appealing for funds to provide a higher level of support for the state's poor.
    "Many of them," Mr O'Connor said, "face dreaded daily questions such as where their next meal is coming from, or how they will pay their rent."
    Catholic Leader 11:50am 4/5/99


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