Poverty is in Australia

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Poverty is a problem.

In Australia, Poverty is a big problem for the 2.5 million people living in it. Poverty is when a person is lacking in material possessions or money and most of the time it's closely related to inequality. These people are living there lives on the streets with not enough food, water and money to live full happy lives. It's really a travesty that in such a wealthy safe place there are so many people living on a concrete path. Some people have written their stories below.


Hello. I am Mary. I am one of the unlucky people who have spent a lot of their lives living in a dark alleyway. I'm always wishing my life was better than people looking at me like I was something none other than a rodent on a sidewalk. Sitting in the same spot every holding a damp piece of cardboard explaining my story but why bother when the people of Australia walk by me. I've been living like this for three years hiding from the people who treat me like rubbish. Every morning I wake up, my sore back aching from the concrete beneath me, hoping that someone will help or even just show some love to me. I guess Australia hasn't waken up to see that 2.5 million of their citizens are living like this.


I don't have the good clothes and I don't have the popular shoes. People always assume that poverty is being hungry and only hungry. I guess what they don't know is that people are living their lives on street. Homeless, Broke, Clotheless, and miserable. I've spent the last seven years, regretting the day I moved from home and refused to pay my bill. My money was taken from debt collectors and I had no choice but to head back home. I was then rejected. Flung into the streets like someone flicking something off their jumper. You don't understand how it feels to realise that all the years my parents cared for me meant nothing. I just want someone to help me.


Anti Poverty Week is when all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in any activity that is aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty or hardship here in Australia and also overseas. This 2015 take part in anti poverty week which will start on the 11th of October and end on the 17th of October. Below you will find many charities helping people living in poverty.

People who are making a difference

Brothers Of St Laurence: They work with others to try and create an Australia Free of Poverty.

Australian Red Cross: They relieve in times of crisis, care when it's needed most and commit their time to people when others turn away. 100 MILLION VOLUNTEERS WORLDWIDE.

St Vincent De Paul Society: A catholic organisation, Aspiring to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice,hope and joy.

Anglican Australia: They strive to build communities of resilience, hope and justice.

UNSW Australia: Founded by the social justice project in the law faculty of the university of NSW and has been nationally based there since 2004.