|World map showing percent of population living on less than $1.25 (ppp) per day using the latest data from 2000-2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Australian Council of Social Service says almost 600-thousand children are now living below the poverty line. The body's chief executive Cassandra Goldie says a large number of children don't have enough to eat, to put a roof over their head, and to get a good start in life before they get to school. Goldie has called on the new federal parliament for immediate action to address the issue. Recent data released by 'Household, Income and Labor Dynamics' showed that child poverty in Australia has increased by 15 percent since 2001. Half of these children are in sole parent families.