The Cost-of-Living Impact on Regional Victoria

November 15, 2023 10:25 am in by
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A major Australian study has found growing inequality and cost-of-living pressures in regional communities are weighing down our social cohesion.

The survey of more than 7,500 Australians reveals nearly half of us (48%) believe economic problems are the most important issue facing our nation today.

A record number of Australians (84%) also believe the gap between those with high and low incomes is too large, while over 1 in 10 say they sometimes or often go without food.

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The report’s author, Doctor James O’Donnell, says the latest findings paint a mixed picture, particularly for those living outside the major capitals.