Excerpt from: World News (click for full article)
A report by the Australian Council of Social Service shows people with
disability are more than twice as likely as other Australians to be
living in poverty.
The Australian Council of Social Service's report shows more than 620,000 people with disability live below the poverty line.
That's equivalent to more than a quarter of people with a disability surviving on less than $600 a week, which is half the median household income.
ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie says the figures are shocking.
"I think it's really troubling that despite 20 years of strong economic growth and the fact that we have overall relatively low rates of unemployment, we still have such significant levels of people living below the poverty line. We're one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It's absolutely shameful that this situation is allowed to continue."