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article imageAustralia's ever-changing demographics hurting them?

By Amanda Byas     Aug 8, 2013 in World
One national report has found that Australians are living and working longer, which resulted in the number of people who can’t or don’t have time to look after themselves is rapidly increasing.
2013 Australia’s Welfare report discovered Australian governments spent approximately $119 billion on welfare back in 2010-2011. That’s an average of more than $1,300 per resident.
During the same time that they were spending $119 billion on welfare they also outstripped health spending by one-third, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.
During the last financial year, one in four households relied solely on government pensions as their main source of income.
David Kalisch, AIHW director and CEO, states that Australia’s aging population can be contributed to the ever-changing demographics. Elderly singles are more likely to be trapped in poverty for at least five years over a nine-year period than those who have spouses and children.
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