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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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TG3
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:06 AM


We're in Perth and neither of us work in the mines (we both work in a call centre) and we manage ok and own our own home. Unless you're in Cott or Dalkeith I don't see why that's your only option.


Quoting Sacha102:

My husband has to work away in the mines for us to be able to afford to live - if he never done that we probably wouldn't have our house. Cost of living in perth (western Australia) is huge! 



Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:06 AM

customer service, retail, security, cna (american blue color jobs)

Quoting TG3:


what do you consider a normal job?

Quoting whovianmum:

I'm currently applying for jobs in retail and most of the pay starts at around $20/hr.Not sure which jobs you mean when you say normal jobs lol


Quoting Anonymous:

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.







Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:06 AM
Is that single parents payment?


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.


TG3
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM


I used to work full time in a supermarket and came out with $600 a week.


Quoting whovianmum:

I'm not sure,it's a pretty broad term.That's why I mentioned what jobs I'm applying for because I don't know what OP or her husband do for a living and what's normal to them lol.


Quoting TG3:


what do you consider a normal job?

Quoting whovianmum:

I'm currently applying for jobs in retail and most of the pay starts at around $20/hr.Not sure which jobs you mean when you say normal jobs lol


Quoting Anonymous:

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.










Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:07 AM
You pay maybe $100 in rent more than I do but we pay monthly. And I live in an area where COL is very low.
Internet runs a bit less depending on the company. Do you guys have cable? A lot of times that is packaged with internet and sometimes a home phone.
Electricity can run around $150-$200 per month sometimes.
No clue about gas
Water bill is only $30-$40/ month

Diapers are usually around $20-$30 for the box
And fomula is about the same.

We spend about $300 weekly on groceries for a family of 5 but we shop cheap too and stick to a tight budget. It was easy to spenf $100-$200 weekly for a famimy of 3.

Quoting miss-karla:

Umm depends.. wen i go shopping i spend about 100-200 per week.. but thats just for myself, partner and baby.. includes meat, fruit n veg, baby stuff, toiletries, n other stuff i need.

Rent 232 per week

Internet is 75 a month

Home phone about 35 a month

Electricity is about 200-500 per 3 months

Gas is about 100-200 varies per month

Water bill is about 100-150 per 3 mths



Umm but then there are expenses like take out.

Nappies like huggies is like 30 per box of 100. Formula is around 20 per tin.



But in saying that. Some people who are in poverty buy drugs n alcohol before anything else, and thats why they dont have money.



But everyones spending is different, n can make do on 500 for 2 weeks.




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.


TG3
by Silver Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:09 AM



I used to be a AIN (CNA) and earned between $18 - $48 an hour depending on what shift (saturday nights were the big earner). In retail I earned $600 a week roughly. I worked in hospitality (porter at a 5 star hotel) and earned $13.30 an hour plus tips. I now work in a call centre doing tech support earning $19.50 an hour.


Quoting Anonymous:

customer service, retail, security, cna (american blue color jobs)

Quoting TG3:


what do you consider a normal job?

Quoting whovianmum:

I'm currently applying for jobs in retail and most of the pay starts at around $20/hr.Not sure which jobs you mean when you say normal jobs lol


Quoting Anonymous:

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 2:09 AM

No,we're de-facto.


Quoting Anonymous:

Is that single parents payment?


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.




Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:09 AM

That sounds pretty good to me aside from the high rent, do you pay for insurance? health, dental, vision, vehicle etc? if so what are the costs?

Quoting miss-karla:

Umm depends.. wen i go shopping i spend about 100-200 per week.. but thats just for myself, partner and baby.. includes meat, fruit n veg, baby stuff, toiletries, n other stuff i need.
Rent 232 per week
Internet is 75 a month
Home phone about 35 a month
Electricity is about 200-500 per 3 months
Gas is about 100-200 varies per month
Water bill is about 100-150 per 3 mths

Umm but then there are expenses like take out.
Nappies like huggies is like 30 per box of 100. Formula is around 20 per tin.

But in saying that. Some people who are in poverty buy drugs n alcohol before anything else, and thats why they dont have money.

But everyones spending is different, n can make do on 500 for 2 weeks.


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.



Sacha102
by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:10 AM


 Because due to past mistakes we got ourselves into debt, our fault yes, but lucky for us now fixed. Now he works for our future up there - it works for us. Doesn't make the cost of living any less though.  

Quoting TG3:


We're in Perth and neither of us work in the mines (we both work in a call centre) and we manage ok and own our own home. Unless you're in Cott or Dalkeith I don't see why that's your only option.


Quoting Sacha102:

My husband has to work away in the mines for us to be able to afford to live - if he never done that we probably wouldn't have our house. Cost of living in perth (western Australia) is huge! 





Anonymous
by Anonymous on Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:10 AM
And if you buy cheaper nappies its about $14 a package
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