That’s the title of the Salvation Army’s latest National Economic and Social Impact Survey.
Epithets such as “disturbing” and “alarming” are being used. In the light of our unwillingness to pay more tax, you might add “obscene”.
One child in every six lives below the poverty line in Australia.
According to the Greens fully 14% of single parents surveyed have no place to live: 7% are homeless, and another 7% living in the homes of friends or relatives.
Of respondents on Newstart, 5% are homeless and 4% are living with friends and relatives.
35% of respondents were unable to buy medications prescribed by a doctor.
More than 50% had gone without meals at least one day in the last year. 28% cannot afford a substantial meal once a day.
And so it goes. The impact of legislative changes putting single mothers with children over seven onto Newstart is showing up in the survey.
There is a major problem in rural areas where it can be more difficult to provide help.
The ABC has the story. Thanks to John D for sending me the link.
The actual survey is here (pdf).
QUT News (by journalism students) did a story.
Tell your politicians about this scandal, rub their noses in it.
Meanwhile the Red Shield Appeal is on this weekend.