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Our new study finds that persistent poverty remains a significant problem in Australian society. While having a job is often crucial to lifting people out of poverty, adequate income support and child care are also critical
Using 19 years of data between 2001-2019 from the longitudinal Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, report authors Dr Esperanza Vera-Toscano and Professor Roger Wilkins describe the extent and nature of persistent poverty, looking at why people descend into poverty, why some remain trapped there, how others escape, and what the risks for poverty re-entry are.
Rising out-of-pocket costs for health care is an important issue the major parties have not yet substantially addressed during the election campaign.
Despite consumer prices falling by 0.1 per cent in April, headline inflation remained above the Reserve Bank of Australia’s 2-3% target band at 3.4%.