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Alarming Statistics Highlight Hidden Poverty

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This is a Vietnamese woman selling waffles in front of the Louis Vuitton store in District.1 in Saigon, Vietnam. You notice the contrast between poverty and wealth.

This happens here in Australia too. I see elderly Vietnamese women selling home made pickles, food and home grown veggies in Cabramatta and Marickville -a bunch of spring onions for $1. I wonder how many of these they would have to sell a day to support themselves.

The recent Productivity Commission report on Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia found that of the people experiencing long term relative income poverty in Australia, 36 per cent are elderly single women. More than a third of people living in long term income poverty in Australia are single women over 65 years. This is more than 500,000 older women.

Through a career path interrupted by caring responsibilities, a lack of superannuation, ill health and/or family breakdown, women can find themselves old and poor.

My family fled Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975. They started a new life in Australia with virtually nothing. My biggest paranoia is ending up an elderly Vietnamese woman, having to sell $1 spring onions to make ends meet.

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Alarming Statistics Highlight Hidden Poverty

This is a Vietnamese woman selling waffles in front of the Louis Vuitton store in District.1 in Saigon, Vietnam. You notice the contrast between poverty …

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