ETA: there are some really interesting studies on wealth and the perception of wealth by people. Basically one of the conclusions I read was that families earning around $100k to $140k are often under more pressure than families earning $50 to $70k because those families are more likely to live within their means and focus on needs not wants. It seems the more you earn sometimes the unhappier you are - until you reach a certain level of higher income and you can actually afford those wants as well as the needs.
Last edited by Sonja; 07-05-2013 at 20:07.
There is no way that an intelligent and socially aware person could claim that a household income of $100,000.00 is below the poverty line.
According to the 2010 ACOSS report the poverty line for a family with two children is approximately $752 per week with over 2.2 million Australians living this way. Using this statistics the original posters are a far cry from being not only at the poverty line but below it.
Don't know how they are getting centrelink..
But I agree with others that they are asset rich. So after paying bills etc for both houses maybe with the cash left over they struggle to pay phone bills, and things they WANT. So makes her sad she can't throw money at WANTS do considers herself poor.
My brother is like that. Says they don't have the money for this and that but he has 3 houses and a high paying job. All the money goes on investments.. So he acts poor but he could easily just sell a house!
I define poverty as struggling to have the bare essentials like food in the cupboards and the electricity on. Not over extending yourself with double mortgages and brand new cars then saying you are poor.
Send er to India....reality check needed...
No one is saying that they aren't struggling, they well may be. But there is no way in heck they are living below the poverty line. What an insult to even suggest it to everyone that is.
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