One in ten Australian residents in Queensland lives in poverty: report

15:18, May 24, 2011      

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One in every 10 residents in Australia's Queensland is living in poverty, a new report by the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) released on Tuesday shows.

The report said 10 percent of Queensland people were living below the breadline with another 20 percent close to it.

The report shows many residents have to choose between putting food on the table and paying bills.

It is the first of a series of six-monthly reports tracking the choices low income households make to keep their heads above water.

QCOSS calls on the State Government to review existing concessions for low income families and appoint a minister to monitor the cost of living.

QCOSS President Karyn Walsh says the figure in a nation as prosperous as Australia is alarming.

"Low income people are really struggling just with the essentials," she told Australian Associated Press (AAP).

"People are juggling between whether they have the electricity on or have food on the table," she said.

Source: Xinhua
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