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Who is missing out? Hardship among low income Australians

8 Dec 2008
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This report uses recent research, including previously unpublished data, to compare living standards and financial hardship among different groups of low income Australians, especially those receiving income support payments.

Over the past decade, the average incomes of Australian households have grown strongly, but many people on low fixed incomes have been left behind. There is public concern and debate about how they have been affected by increases in the cost of basic essentials. Over the three years from June 2005 the average price of food has risen by 15%, rents have risen by over 17%, household energy bills have risen by 17% and fuel has risen by 41%.

This report uses recent research, including previously unpublished data, to compare living standards and financial hardship among different groups of low income Australians, especially those receiving income support payments. It is a contribution to the public debate over the adequacy of these payments, and the design of a better social security system.

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2008
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