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By Peter Saunders

Saunders argues that as a state Australia can come up with the money for to cast off monetary poverty. the truth that we do not achieve this is an issue of selection, now not affordability—as the adventure of different international locations demonstrates. In not easy this concept, this ebook makes a speciality of how taking a look at poverty otherwise may also help to make a global with out poverty a pragmatic fact.

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This information provides a valuable check on the adequacy of social security payments for different groups, and this has been a traditional focus of much poverty research. Measuring poverty in income terms has the important advantage that social security systems provide most of their benefits in the form of income transfers, providing a direct link between research and policy. However, many other factors affect poverty outcomes and the ways in which results are presented can stimulate debate about the role of low income (which is, in any case, a crucial aspect of poverty rather than a cause).

INDIGENOUS POVERTY Many of the issues already discussed have a particularly important impact on poverty among Indigenous Australians. This group is more likely to be unemployed, to live in large households, to be located in remote and economically depressed areas, and to face long-term discrimination and disadvantage. These factors alone are sufficient to suggest that Indigenous poverty will be well above that for the non-Indigenous population. As indeed it is. 5 per cent in 1973/74, Indigenous poverty was over 22 per cent in Adelaide and as high as 48 per cent in Brisbane.

Between 1990 and 2000, for example, only one-quarter of all new jobs created were fulltime and these were virtually all casual (Gregory, 2002, Table 1). Furthermore, average earnings from full-time casual and all part-time jobs (permanent or casual) have gone backwards relative to average full-time permanent earnings. Gregory (2002, p. 278) concludes that: [W]e have not really made progress over the last three decades in solving the problem of the lack of full-time job growth. It is disturbing that we do not seem to have a good grip on what is going wrong and what to do about it.

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