Poverty in Australia is a contentious issue. It raises questions of the definitions of poverty, the distribution of wealth, the difference between developed and developing countries, as well as about the limits to growth, and how we can create a fair and sustainable world.
There are over 2.2 million Australian's living in poverty - that's one in every 10 people - and yet as Australians we're comparatively lucky. Two thirds of the world's population is poor; one third lives on less than $2.50 per day, while a sixth live in extreme poverty - less than $1.25 per day. These people spend their days just trying to survive - finding something to eat and somewhere to sleep can be the biggest challenge of all.
So how do we close the gap between rich and poor? What of the inequality between men and women that deepens as poverty worsens? Can the earth even support us if we rectify this inequality in living standards? And what are the responsibilities of Australians?
These questions are at the heart of a Fair Share for all.