Thursday May 24

Statistics

The following statistics speak for the many children in Australia less fortunate than us, who cannot speak for themselves…

  • Half of all Indigenous and 1 in 7 non Indigenous children live in poverty (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth)
  • Those experiencing child poverty suffer both short and long term effects. In the short term there may be stress, hardship and deprivation from lack of food and basic amenities. In the long term, poor educational achievements limit employment opportunities and may sentence those who have suffered child poverty to a life long struggle to survive (Senate Community Affairs References Committee Secretariat Report on Poverty and Hardship in Australia 2004)
  • 1 in 4 Australian children go to school hungry (The University of Sydney National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Study)
  • Estimated number of Australian children in poverty - 1,037,000 (Henderson Poverty Line - Senate Community Affairs References Committee Secretariat Report on Poverty and Hardship in Australia 2004)
  • 20% of Australian own 60% of the country's wealth, while the poorest own just 1% (Australian Bureau of Statistics)