How to help the poor with their travel
More than a third of Australians surveyed in a new study are experiencing financial hardship, with almost one in five saying they have had to resort to begging, begging is now the norm and most Australians believe there is no other option than to travel to their country.
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In the first year of this survey, which will be followed by a second, nearly 50 per one million Australians aged 16 or over were surveyed.
It found almost 50 per in ten Australians aged 15 to 24 were homeless, with more than 40 per cent saying they had to rely on begging to survive.
In the same age group, more than two thirds of those surveyed said they were living in poverty, with about half of those in the 25 to 34 age bracket living on less than $10 a day.
One in six respondents were unemployed, with only two in ten of those aged 15-24 in the workforce.
More than a quarter of respondents said they had tried and failed to get work while living in their own homes, while nearly half had attempted to start a business but failed.
Almost three quarters of Australians reported that they were “struggling financially”, with almost half saying they were struggling to get by.
“It’s not something you have to go through to make a living,” said the survey’s author, the University of Sydney’s Dr David Pemberton.
“The problem with people being poor in Australia is that they’re working long hours, they’re looking after children, they’ve got health problems, they can’t afford food, they have a lot of other costs and yet they still have to beg and then make ends chase.”
He said it was not uncommon for people to feel the need to take a long time off work to seek out a new job.
“We have people working for three months and they’re living in a tent or a caravan, or sleeping in a bush,” he said.
“That’s what they’re doing.
It’s the extreme version of poverty.”
If you have a problem with that, that’s what it’s like for them.”AAP/ABC