Two million live in poverty

A MAJOR new report being launched on poverty today highlights that two million Australians now live in poverty – one in 10 of us – with more than half a million children living in jobless families.

The Salvation Army research estimates about 12 per cent of children aged under 17 live in “relative poverty” which can then have an adverse effect on a child's emotional and social development.

The Perceptions of Poverty report points out Australia now has one of the highest levels of joblessness among families with children.

Across OECD countries (on average) about 30 per cent of poor families with children are jobless.

In Australia, about 70 per cent of poor children live in jobless families. This equates to one in seven children growing up in a family where no one works.

New Roy Morgan Research being released by The Salvation Army shows 9.5 million Australians feel that taking action to reduce poverty should be a “very high priority”.

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