Poverty persists in Australia despite the opportunities available in such an affluent country. How is poverty in Australia defined? What is absolute poverty as opposed to relative poverty, and who are the affected groups in our community? What are the causes of poverty? Why do so many Australians still experience financial hardship, housing stress and income inequality? One in 6 people of working age relies on income support – does Australia’s welfare system provide a safety net or promote welfare dependency? Social exclusion is closely linked to poverty, as people face deprivation and are being left out.
This book explores how the policy of social inclusion aims to overcome barriers to participation and opportunity. Is Australia the land of the ‘fair go’, for rich and poor