Two published reports alerted the need for this post.
One, the facebook revelation that highlights the politicians’ ignorance of, or their being oblivious to, real world economics and its relationship to the disadvantaged, linked here.
“Ten percent of Australians say they can’t afford to buy enough food”
“The ‘Feed Melbourne Appeal’ raises money to do something about this”
” Foodbank Victoria’s latest Hunger Report revealed almost 9000 Victorians – 2700 of them children – were being turned away from food charities that couldn’t keep up with the demand”. The report, compiled from responses by 1197 food agencies, shows that more than 90,900 people accessed food relief each month “
” Community Support Frankston manager Steve Phillips said the Commonwealth Government cut $100,000 in emergency relief funding in the area during the last financial year. “
” Make a Difference co-ordinator Marion Harriden said they had lost 100% of their government funding, and now survived on grants, donations and sponsorships. “
” The appeal is led by Leader Community News, Fairshare and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. “
Opinion: A combination of factors which obviously require urgent attention and future action –
The failure of our society to achieve moral standards and economic balance in Australia. This means a balance in understanding and priorities that should not be lacking in our country of plentiful resources. A balance in the national economy that limits the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, at least to the extent shown to be true here.
A balance in the international economy that avoids unnecessary expenditure overseas at the expense of our own citizens welfare.
An education of our political leaders and aspirers, apparently only available from the activist blogging fraternity, as to the real-world economy.
An awareness of the extent of our existing Australian welfare system –
that it is currently so essential yet neglected by the authorities, and should not be!;
that it is already supported by an extensive volunteer network which has more understanding, compassion and drive than the whole collective political leadership put together;
that it is a disgrace to our country’s heritage and pride of being one of the best in the world.
From here? Citizens, please consider supporting this Food Appeal and perhaps also help educate our leaders and candidates understand this dire situation. Perhaps vote for those most compassionate and patriotic.