Gillard’s mantra: Australia is a lucky country.
The truth is, poverty is quite common among Australia's underclass.
But Julia Gillard cares little about this as her recent charade into the Western Suburbs of Sydney to "meet the people" was limited to trendy supporters of no political influence, polls later determined.
An alarming report from the Salvation Army claims a huge number of their “customers” can no longer afford even one substantial meal each day and about half of those often skip meals in favour of their children.
Over 50 per cent of people surveyed said their financial situation has worsened in the last 12 months. More than 30 percent those had to forgo prescription medicine and about 93 percent have less than $500 in the bank
During the past 12 months the Salvation Army served over a million Australians, with 230,000 provided with emergency relief and more than 100,000 of those needed food.