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    Quote Originally Posted by Firsttimemum24 View Post
    I'd like to know how they earn that much, have 2 houses & receive MORE family centrelink than we do when we earn much much less than that & don't own any houses & are paying through the roof in rent?? I hardly consider us in poverty. Things r tight but if ur surviving ur not in poverty are you?

    These people seriously have no idea. Frankly I wouldn't of been able to hold my tongue.
    Perhaps they arent claming all their "earnings". Are either of them self employed OP?

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    It's all relative. 100k a year is only 70k in the hand, I know how they feel, have just enough to do stuff but not enough to do bigger stuff. It's like having a million dollars to buy a house but all houses that you are looking at in the area you want is 1.5mil so you feel you really have nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElastiGirl View Post
    It's all relative. 100k a year is only 70k in the hand, I know how they feel, have just enough to do stuff but not enough to do bigger stuff. It's like having a million dollars to buy a house but all houses that you are looking at in the area you want is 1.5mil so you feel you really have nothing.
    No. If you don't have to make a choice between putting food on the table, paying your bills & keeping a roof over your head its hardly poverty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElastiGirl View Post
    It's all relative. 100k a year is only 70k in the hand, I know how they feel, have just enough to do stuff but not enough to do bigger stuff. It's like having a million dollars to buy a house but all houses that you are looking at in the area you want is 1.5mil so you feel you really have nothing.
    I think if someone thinks that poverty is approx $1400 in hand a week then they need to take a long hard look at themselves and re evaluate their lives.
    Something is very wrong here.

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    Spoilt-brat-itis more like it!

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    I think I might go play my violin to them..

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    What I want to know is how they get 200 a fortnight in family tax benefit?!?!? DH and I are on a combined income of 100 and we get NOTHING.
    Quote Originally Posted by jfblady72 View Post
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    just curious...was out recently and someone mentioned that they are living below the 'poverty line'...their income was approx 100k gross, they got about 200 a fortnight on family tax, have 2 properties, one pays the mortgage for itself in rental so its an investment property, the other is a smallish mortgage.....is this really poverty? I kinda didn't know what to say, the person seemed upset by thier situation....but it got me thinking....is this actually 'poverty'?

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    It depends who earns what. 2 parents working get less ftb than if one person earns the same, if that makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElastiGirl View Post
    It's all relative. 100k a year is only 70k in the hand, I know how they feel, have just enough to do stuff but not enough to do bigger stuff. It's like having a million dollars to buy a house but all houses that you are looking at in the area you want is 1.5mil so you feel you really have nothing.
    The only thing it's relative to is living beyond your means. I understand the notion of asset rich and cash poor. Calling it "poverty" is offensive to anybody living in the real world who is struggling to eat, not struggling to one up themselves in their preferred suburb.

    Wants and needs are very different, it's living without the things you need which classify it as poverty.

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    It seems the more people have, the more they think they need.

    If you own a house/asset(s) you are not poor by any stretch of the word. If you have cash flow issues then you suck at managing your money and spend too much on stuff you can't afford.

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