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Anonymous
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So i was watching a documentary on poverty in Australia earlier and i saw no real poverty. People in Australia make more being unemployed on welfare than people in the us make on minimum wage (7.25 an hour) working full time. Note that im judging from info in a documentary and your country's welfare website. And the unemployment rate is lower, and minimum wage is almost 17 an hour ........ How could there be poverty under such great conditions?

Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

BUMP!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:40 AM

BUMP!

miss-karla
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM
Im australian. Its cause everything is expensive. For a unemployed single person over 22 u get around 500-600 a fortnite/2 weeks. But rent here can be around 200-400 per week. Centrelink benefits are not enough to live of comfortably but gets u by.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

A single mother with 1 child gets only 300 per month here in the us plus about 250 in foodstamps, what else is more expensive, what are the prices of things

Quoting miss-karla:

Im australian. Its cause everything is expensive. For a unemployed single person over 22 u get around 500-600 a fortnite/2 weeks. But rent here can be around 200-400 per week. Centrelink benefits are not enough to live of comfortably but gets u by.


whovianmum
by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

There really isn't poverty in the same sense that there's poverty in the US.Of course there are families struggling but I've only ever seen 3 homeless people in my entire life.If you can get in department of housing they take 25% of your income which will most likely be government payments if you're living in DOH.I'm currently on a parenting payment,and get almost $800 a fortnight,my SO is on a disability support payment which pays almost $700 a fortnight,and we're considered poor,which going by stories I've read on here,we're doing pretty damn well.

TG3
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:51 AM

the state I live in has a unemployment rate of 3.5% or it did last time I checked and minimum wage is $15.50 an hour. I earn $19.50 an hour in a call centre. What you have to remember is COL is so high. My rent is $325 a week. My car loan is $600 a month. Daycare (with benefits) is $110 a week for 3 days. Electricity and gas around $500 a quarter. Petrol is $1.40 a litre which is like $9 a gallon. We earn $5000 a month between us and still struggle whereas we'd probably be quite well off in most areas of the states.


Oh and I'm currently bringing in $570 a week on paid maternity and $113 a week on centrelink benefits.

whovianmum
by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM
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EVERYTHING is more expensive.Check this out - http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=United+States&country2=Australia


Quoting Anonymous:

A single mother with 1 child gets only 300 per month here in the us plus about 250 in foodstamps, what else is more expensive, what are the prices of things

Quoting miss-karla:

Im australian. Its cause everything is expensive. For a unemployed single person over 22 u get around 500-600 a fortnite/2 weeks. But rent here can be around 200-400 per week. Centrelink benefits are not enough to live of comfortably but gets u by.




cybcm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Our cost of living is higher than in America.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Yea, you make more that dh & i combined after taxes and we both work full time, seriously considering getting a visa, what do normal jobs pay there?

Quoting whovianmum:

There really isn't poverty in the same sense that there's poverty in the US.Of course there are families struggling but I've only ever seen 3 homeless people in my entire life.If you can get in department of housing they take 25% of your income which will most likely be government payments if you're living in DOH.I'm currently on a parenting payment,and get almost $800 a fortnight,my SO is on a disability support payment which pays almost $700 a fortnight,and we're considered poor,which going by stories I've read on here,we're doing pretty damn well.


whovianmum
by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Here's the info for anyone who can't be bothered going to the link I provided.

Consumer Prices in Australia are 50.50% higher than in United States

Consumer Prices Including Rent in Australia are 57.26% higher than in United States

Rent Prices in Australia are 73.00% higher than in United States

Restaurant Prices in Australia are 47.49% higher than in United States

Groceries Prices in Australia are 38.89% higher than in United States

Local Purchasing Power in Australia is 24.54% lower than in United States


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