I have travelled to many places and seen a lot of poverty in some countries. We are such a rich country compared to some countries. We do have our own problems and many people in Australia need support in our communities. I have used my travels to educate my children in how people live all over this world and how we need to care for people all over the world. We need a global view of the world we live in.

Posted anonymously, 31st January 2017

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  • You are so correct although I’ve travelled mostly on my own (work travel). In comparison we are lucky, yet I often look at the different places I have been too and the people themselves seem more content and happy. I think often we have to be reminded that its not what we have, its how we look at things,


  • So true. It’s been many years since I saw first hand the conditions in other countries (that I would judge as a poor standard of living compared to what I was used to) .. crowded housing, children selling things on the streets, shops without refrigeration for meat goods, pollution .. just some of the things I remember from just passing through some poorer places. They were mainly material problems I saw, although the people had such ‘character’ (determination to learn English, working to sell their goods, and improve their situation etc.) .. and contrasted with the ‘poverty’ of character that I’ve sometimes encountered here, where people who ‘have it all’ throw it away and get in a mess.


  • We have problems in the outback. The very poor communications system means that health services are hard to contact for treatment for those who need it. People try to battle on because they can’t get treatment. It increases the risk of diseases without medication, dietician advice and of course check-ups.
    Indigenous people who start eating food they aren’t used to often suffer from Kidney Disease and Diabetes.

    • Totally agree about the diet… the average Australian diet of sugar, salt, fibre removed foods and bad fat is absolutely devastating people across the country, outback included. The ‘That Sugar Movie’ highlights how dental problems soar in remote places where Coke is sold (along with the diabetes and heart problems etc. also caused by bad food). Elders in one community I forget the name of banned the sale of Coke because of the way it was destroying people’s health in the community.

      • I am glad you mentioned Coke. Diet Colas contain an atificial sweetener called Aspartane (code 951) It has been proved that it can cause Cancer on the Kidney. A lady I worked with had to have a Kidney removed. She only drank part of a can of coke or a small bottle during warm weather. A friend of hers who had recently been diagnosed with diabetes starting drinking it a lot, day & night. Another one who had to have a kidney removed within a few months of starting to drink it – not years like the lady I know. Her specialist called it “black death” after asking whether or not she drank it at all. In fact that was his first question when giving her diagnosis.


  • We are very lucky to live in Australia compared to what is happening in the world.

    • We are very lucky and we really should appreciate it and give back to our communities.


  • We have a beautiful country and we need to appreciate it and do everything we can to make it a better place for everyone.


  • We are incredibly lucky here in Australia. It’s a shame not everyone can see it. Yes we have problems, but nothing compared to some countries


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