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Poverty Many people think that Australia is a rich country They think just because most of our population is not dying of starvation and completely curable diseases such as influenza that Australia does not have many problems when it comes to poverty In truth even the poorest Australians would be considered lucky in many overseas countries such as Africa and India But even if Australians living in poverty are lucky as compared to those in overseas countries the fact still remains that poverty in Australia is widespread So what do we mean when we say the word poverty Well of course there are the slang terms such as povo which many use to describe people or places that they consider are not up to their standards The dictionary meaning is the condition of being poor with respect to money goods or means of subsistence The exact meaning of poverty is quite ambivalent but it generally it means living below the general standard of life in your country This means that it changes in each country For example a family living in a tin shed eating one or two meals a day would be considered poverty stricken in the western world but in places like Africa and India this same family could be considered as comparatively fortunate There are many types of poverty These include Primary poverty when income does not cover the costs of basic needs such as food clothes and shelter Secondary poverty when income is sufficient but is unwisely used eg gambling case poverty people who are extremely underprivileged insular poverty people who live in a poverty-stricken area these are regarded as always has been and always will be poor absolute poverty the absence of food clothing and shelter necessary for survival comparative poverty the absence of necessities which maintain the minimum standard of living in a community personal poverty the absence of those which the individual has become accustomed
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