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Kenya’s Kipsang, Keitany win NYC Marathons

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Wilson Kipsang, a former world marathon record holder, has won the New York City marathon, overcoming his own doubts that he could win a strategic race on such a hilly course.

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The Kenyan star had entered his first New York City Marathon to challenge himself, and says he actually had to make himself slow down.

“I had to really exercise a lot of patience,” he said.

Kipsang pulled away in the final mile for his third major marathon title in just over 13 months. Mary Keitany also took the lead late in the women’s race for a Kenyan sweep.

Kipsang’s record-setting victories in Berlin and London were on flat courses with the aid of a pacemaker, very different from Sunday’s race.

“It was very tactical,” Kipsang said. “So it was not easy.”

He finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds – the slowest winning time in New York since 1995, and more than seven and a half minutes off the world record he set just over a year ago in Berlin.

Keitany tried a very different tactic in her last NYC Marathon, surging ahead to a huge early lead in 2011. She was caught that day and had to settle for her second straight third-place finish.

But this time, Keitany held back. She and countrywoman Jemima Sumgong entered Central Park side by side, and Sumgong appeared to be pulling away with just over a mile left.

But Keitany had one last burst left and won by three seconds, matching the tightest finish in the history of the women’s race.

Keitany, a two-time London Marathon champ, hadn’t run a marathon since 2012 because of the birth of her second child.

“I worked hard for this opportunity,” she said. “I’m happy because I have a victory today, because I know I’ve been coming to New York two times, and I was in that position. So I’m happy today because it was a good day and I win.”

A record 50,881 runners started the 44th edition of the NYC Marathon. It was so windy that the wheelchair race – won by Australia’s Kurt Fearnley – started at the three-mile mark.

Kipsang wound up beating Desisa by 11 seconds in the men’s race, while another Ethiopian, 2010 NYC Marathon winner Gebre Gebremariam, was third.

The reigning Boston Marathon champ, American Meb Keflezighi, took fourth. It was the fourth top-four finish in New York for the 39-year-old Keflezighi, who won in 2009.

Geoffrey Mutai, seeking to become the first man to win three straight NYC Marathons since Alberto Salazar in 1980-82, faded back to sixth.

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, running her first marathon at the end of a gruelling season, finished in an impressive 3:26.

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Pakistan’s Misbah equals Sir Viv’s ton

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Even Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann had to admit enjoying watching Test cricket’s new master blaster.

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, whose form in the one-dayers was so bad last month that he decided to rest himself from game three against Australia, put himself in the record books alongside ex-West Indies’ skipper Viv Richards.

Misbah’s 56-ball hundred on Sunday’s fourth day of play in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi included 11 fours and five sixes.

He finished unbeaten on 101 off 57 deliveries.

“It’s the biggest honour for me, said Misbah, whose tally of seven Test hundreds in 50 matches includes two in the Abu Dhabi Test.

“I am no way near to him (Richards).

“But scoring a hundred in a similar number of deliveries is really something that I will remember the whole of my life.

“Somebody ran to me when I was 80 on 45 balls informing me that I am just 10 balls away to make a record.

“But in either case I was trying to hit every ball.

“But it’s always good to have these sorts of records.”

Dropped at cover on four, Misbah reached 92 off 54 balls before hitting two consecutive boundaries to equal the world record, prompting the veteran to ran around waving his bat in celebration.

“He should have been out,” Australia coach Lehmann said.

“It was actually, dare I say it, good to watch that sort of hitting and break a world record.”

Twin centuries from Misbah and Azhar Ali have allowed Pakistan to declare twice on 6-570 and 3-293.

Chasing 603 to win, Australia will resume on Monday on 4-143 and facing a desperate struggle to bat through a full day for a draw.

Misbah said his plan had been to put pressure on Australia with a huge total.

“Get them out of the game completely,” the 40-year-old skipper said.

Pakistan lead the series one-nil and Misbah is poised to complete Pakistan’s first Test-series win over Australia since 1994.

Australia swept Pakistan three-nil in last month’s one-day series and Misbah is anxious to keep one eye on preparations for the World Cup in February in Australia and New Zealand.

“It was a really important situation for me considering what happened in the recent past and specially ahead of the World Cup,” he said.

“So it was important for me to get back in form and regain the confidence.”

FASTEST TEST CENTURIES

* Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq 56 balls v Australia, Abu Dhabi, 2014

* West Indies’ Viv Richards 56 balls v England, St John’s, 1986

* Australia’s Adam Gilchrist 57 balls v England, Perth 2006

FASTEST TEST HALF-CENTURIES

* Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq 21 balls v Australia, Abu Dhabi, 2014

* South Africa’s Jacques Kallis 24 balls v Zimbabwe, Cape Town, 2005

CAPTAINS WHO’VE SCORED TWO CENTURIES IN A TEST V AUSTRALIA

* Pakistan’s Misbah (101 and 101 not out) in Abu Dhabi, Oct 2014

TWO TEAMMATES SCORING TWO HUNDREDS EACH IN A TEST

* Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell (Aust) v New Zealand in Hamilton in 1974

* Azhar Ali and Misbah (Pakistan) v Aust in Abu Dhabi in 2014

RECORDS FOR TEAMS CHASING 600-PLUS TARGETS

* Wins: 0

* Losses: 13

* Draws: 3.

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IPCC warns of "Severe, pervasive and irreversible damage"

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(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

Severe, pervasive and irreversible damage to the world if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t drastically reduced.

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It’s a now familiar message from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The United Nations agency has just released another report predicting dire consequences if fossil fuels are not phased out by the year 2100.

Greg Dyett reports.

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“Human influence on the climate system is clear. If we want to limit climate change, we need substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

It’s what the UN’s climate change panel has been saying for years: that time is running out to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, and that current trends in carbon emissions herald disaster.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest Synthesis Report.

Established in 1988 by the UN’s weather and environment agencies, the IPCC’s job is to give policymakers science-based updates about the greenhouse effect and its impacts.

Its reports are compiled by scientists, economists, public health specialists and other experts.

The panel does not conduct research of its own, but summarises thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies.

Its main work is vast overviews called assessment reports.

The first was published in 1990 and the fifth was completed on Sunday.

That report is warning that emissions of three key greenhouse gases are at their highest in more than 800,000 years.

At its meeting in Copenhagen, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri says the world can and must produce most of its electricity from renewables by 2050.

“Well human influence on the climate system is clear. The more we disrupt our climate the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.”

Among those impacts, the panel says, are migration caused by climate-related economic damage and loss of land from rising seas and storm surges, risk of conflict over scarce resources, and greater water stress.

Chairman Rajendra Pachauri also points to food insecurity, with impacts on wheat, rice and maize harvests and fish catches.

“And with a growing population and higher incomes you can imagine food scarcity and food security and the whole issue of starvation and hunger become very large threats.”

The report says switching to cleaner sources, improving energy efficiency and implementing other emission mitigating measures would be far cheaper than the cost of climate damage.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says action on climate change can contribute to economic prosperity, better health and more liveable cities.”

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act, time is not on our side. Let’s work together to make this world, our only planet Earth, sustainable economically, socially, environmentally for our succeeding generation.”

The Panel hopes its report will inspire the leaders of more than 200 nations who’ll gather in Paris late next year to try to reach agreement for a global climate treaty.

The UN is holding talks in Lima next month to pave the way to a 2015 pact to limit warming to a safer two degrees Celsius.

But the negotiations have been hung up for years over which countries should shoulder the cost for reducing carbon emissions, derived mainly from oil, gas and coal.

 

 

 

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Victorian election is about trust: Premier

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Victorians should decide who they trust to manage the state’s finances, Premier Denis Napthine says.

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Before a visit to Government House to officially start the election campaign, Dr Napthine’s pitch to voters centred heavily on his government’s budget record.

“Victorians will ask who they can trust – who they can trust to keep our finances in order,” Dr Napthine told reporters on Monday.

He said the coalition had delivered a budget surplus, while Labor left the state in debt in 2010 after controversial contracts for the myki transport cards and the Wonthaggi desalination plant.

“Victorians have a clear choice,” he said.

Dr Napthine is due to visit Government House at 11am.

The premier refused to comment on another opinion poll that puts the coalition in a losing position going into the November 29 election.

A Newspoll released on Monday had Labor ahead 54-46 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, consistent with a number of other recent polls.

When asked to name a specific issue he wanted to fix in Victoria if he was returned as premier, Dr Napthine chose traffic congestion.

“We need to improve public transport and improve roads,” he said.

Dr Napthine said the government spent its first couple of years getting the budget under control before delivering plans for major projects such as the East West Link.

He brushed off questions about the election presence of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has been criticised as a negative influence on the coalition’s chances.

“I’ll be running my campaign in my way,” he said.

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100 years since Albany’s ANZAC departures

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The West Australian city of Albany hadn’t seen anything like it, in one hundred years.

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Thousands of soldiers marching through the streets, tens of thousands paying their respects, and an international fleet of warships off the coast.

All in commemoration of the day a century ago when two young nations – Australia and New Zealand – sailed from Albany to join the Great War.

Ryan Emery has more.

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The historical footage shows excited young men waving to the camera.

Dressed in their uniforms, they proudly march up and down York Street, Albany’s main street.

Once onboard the ships that would take them to the great war, their enthusiasm doesn’t appear to wane.

They were on their way to places that would test them physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The soldiers had come from around Australia, to Albany and for many they were also meeting their cousins, the New Zealanders, for the first time.

The early days of the Anzac legend was beginning to form.

On November 1, 1914 the more than 30,000 troops set sail onboard a massive flotilla – bound for Egypt where they would train to be soldiers.

Months later, when bloodied in the field of battle, they learnt the hardships behind the job.

One hundred years on and the respect for their sacrifice is still alive and well.

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Albany on Saturday to show their gratitude and to never forget.

“Yeah, you think of all of them from way back and a lot of the losses our grandparents, their families, their brothers were killed so your mind goes right back to all of those people.”

But for the relatives of those that served, the day was also about the horror of war.

“I think 100 years ago, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into and I think with the beauty of hindsight now realise the tragedy that it all led to and whilst I think our involvement in many ways was terrible, it was also something that’s made us who we are today. Not that that’s always a good thing either.”

Saturday also marked the official opening of the National Anzac Centre by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Australia’s Prime Minister addressed the crowd.

“In no way should the centenary of Anzac glorify war, but it should commemorate what is best in our human character and acknowledge that the worst of times can bring out the best in us. It is an honour to be in such company today. The living and the glorious dead as we commemorate this marvelous centre.”

The centre is unlike other historical centres.

It uses technology such as touch screens, with high resolution animations, and audio recordings by actors voicing soldier’s letters.

It takes visitors on a personal journey of one of 30 Australian and New Zealand troops who were on the first two convoys.

There’s also the opportunity to follow a German and Turkish soldier.

One of the characters represented is Gordon Charles Naley – one of the first Indigenous people to go to war.

His grandson Michael Laing isn’t sure what drove him to volunteer to fight at a time when indigenous Australians weren’t recognised.

“I can only guess it would be very similar to what motivated a lot of other non-Aboriginal people because around about that time he was starting to include these friendships with a lot of non-Aboriginal people during the course of his work because he’d obviously meet non-Aboriginal people on stations and things like that. I can only guess that when the war started because he formed some close friendships and probably got caught up in the spirit of it all and that’s probably how it happened.”

Shortly after the centre was opened, thousands gathered on top of Mt Clarence overlooking King George Sound.

They watched as seven naval vessels from Australia, New Zealand and Japan sailed out to sea in remembrance of the original convoy.

The City of Albany estimates about 60,000 people descended on the region during the weekend.

The hope now is that Albany and the Anzac legend will be forever intertwined.

 

 

 

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Woolworths lifts quarterly sales

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Woolworths has lifted its supermarket food and liquor sales by 3.

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9 per cent to $11 billion, despite softer trading for most of the September quarter.

Woolworth’s total first quarter sales rose three per cent to $16.15 billion.

However, while its supermarket sales were up, petrol sales dropped 4.5 per cent to $1.8 billion after Woolworths was ordered by the competition watchdog to reduce the discounts it offered.

The retailer’s Masters hardware chain lifted sales by 30.8 per cent to $238 million, but sales from its hotels business dipped one per cent to $399 million.

Chief executive Grant O’Brien said that while first quarter sales were lower than expected, he was confident momentum would improve in the lead-up to Christmas.

“Following a pleasing July result, trading was softer in August and September with growth impacted by differences in the timing of promotional activities compared to the prior year and the cycling of higher fuel discount activity,” he said on Monday.

“While first quarter sales were lower than expected, we are confident that our trading plans will improve momentum in the second quarter which includes the key Christmas period.”

Sales at Big W were flat during the quarter at $1.1 billion, with work on transforming the business again adversely impacting results.

Comparable sales, which strip out the effects of store openings and closures, fell 4.1 per cent.

Woolworths expects its Big W transformation plan to continue to affect results in 2015.

Shares in Woolworths were $1.12, or 3.1 per cent, lower at $34.88 at 1011 AEDT.

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Ricciardo third in US F1 Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fifth straight win at the US F1 Grand Prix but Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s second place ensures their title fight will go right down to the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi.

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Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo did well to overcame a poor start and finish third – his eighth podium spot for his Red Bull team this year – but it wasn’t enough to prevent his last slim mathematical hopes of the title disappearing.

Hamilton got past pole-sitter Rosberg on the 24th of 56 laps of the track en route to his 10th victory for the season, extending his lead in the championship over Rosberg to 24 points – 316 to 292 – with two races left.

There are still 75 points up for grabs – a maximum 25 next week in Brazil and double points 50 in Abu Dhabi on November 23 when the title will now be decided.

Sunday’s triumph in the Texas city of Austin was the dominant Mercedes team’s 10th one-two triumph of the year.

But Hamilton clearly has the momentum on his side thanks to clever tyre preservation tactics. His 32nd career victory beat the British record he shared with Nigel Mansell.

“This is an incredible team, I’ve an incredible car, and I’m really grateful to be up front,” said Hamilton.

“I’m also so proud to be representing my country, and to be top of the driver wins is quite special.”

Rosberg could only lament his 10th second placing after failing to convert pole position into a race win for the seventh occasion in nine attempts.

“It kind of sucks for me today,” Rosberg said.

“It took too long for me to find my rhythm. Once Hamilton got by I found my rhythm, but it was too late.”

Ricciardo showed his love for the track as fought back from a poor start that dropped him from fifth on the grid to seventh to grab third place ahead of the two Williams of fourth-placed Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

“We are doing what we can,” said Ricciardo. “I’m really happy with third place. You can overtake here.

“I got Magnussen and then Alonso on the restart so it wasn’t too boring out there for me.”

His teammate, four-time and defending world champion Sebastian Vettel, fought from a last-place start out of the pit lane – punishment for a sixth season engine change – to take seventh place despite a late pit stop.

The race started just 18 cars, the smallest grid in nearly a decade, as the Marussia and Caterham teams were not competing after both went into administration.

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RBA unlikely to steal show from horse race

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Borrowers can have a flutter on the gee-gees confident they won’t be stung by an interest rate hike.

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The Reserve Bank will hold its traditional Melbourne Cup Day board meeting on Tuesday, but economists expect it will be a horse leading the evening news.

The RBA’s cash rate is expected to remain at an all-time low of 2.5 per cent, where it has been since August 2013, especially after a run of benign inflation readings.

“We don’t see any rise in interest rates for a considerable period of time,” Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Kate Carnell told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

The chamber’s September quarter business survey found economic expectations falling for a third consecutive quarter.

Ms Carnell blamed worries over the budget deficit and the belief it’s going to be hard to correct without impacting on business activity

This is weighing on confidence to employ and invest, despite actual business conditions improving for seven quarters in a row.

A similar tale was told by the Australian Industry Group’s performance of manufacturing index, which found conditions remain patchy.

Despite the fall in the Australian dollar since September, respondents believe it’s still too high when competition from imports “remains intense”, Ai Group boss Innes Willox says.

Yet a third survey did offer some hope to job seekers.

The ANZ’s job advertisement series rose for a fifth straight month in October, which should feed into employment growth outcomes and stabilise the jobless rate.

ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan said such forward job indicators would attract greater attention while the Australian Bureau Statistics sorts out its labour force survey problems that have resulted in extremely volatile outcomes.

Its latest jobs data effort is released on Thursday.

One area the RBA has raised concerns is the strength of investor demand “unbalancing” the housing market, prompting the possible introduction of so-called macro-prudential controls to limit lending.

David Lane, director of wealth management at Pitcher Partners, says such talk appears to be premature given other data showing an 11 per cent tumble in building approvals in September.

This, along with the full-year profit results of the ANZ, National Australia Bank and Westpac, did not suggest an over-heating housing cycle, he told AAP.

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Action needed to avoid ‘severe’ climate change, UN warns

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The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that time was running out to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and avert potential disaster.

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The Panel stated that a lack of action to curb emissions was likely to lead to increasing heat waves, flooding and new risks to human life in a report issued on Sunday.

The “fifth synthesis report” stated that human influence on the climate system is clear, leading to the highest concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in 800,000 years.

A 40-page summary of the report stated that:

Limiting climate change requires substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissionsIncreasing heat waves and flooding events were likely and would “become more intense and frequent” if action wasn’t takenClimate change will amplify existing risks and create new risks for natural and human systems

The report stated that “substantial emissions reductions” over the next few decades could reduce climate risks in the 21st century and beyond.

“Without additional mitigation efforts beyond those in place today, and even with adaptation, warming by the end of the 21st century will lead to high to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally,” it read.

“Mitigation involves some level of co-benefits and of risks due to adverse side-effects, but these risks do not involve the same possibility of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts as risks from climate change, increasing the benefits from near-term mitigation efforts.”

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who in September hosted a special summit on climate change, said that “human influence on the climate system is clear, and clearly growing.”

“We must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly disruptive outcomes,” Ban said, describing it as a “myth” that tackling carbon emissions was costly.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the report was a fresh warning – “another canary in the coal mine” – while France, which is to host a UN 2015 climate conference, called for “immediate, all-round mobilisation”.

The report comes less than a week after the Abbott Government passed its $2.55 billion Direct Action climate policy.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to examine emissions trading schemes, but has ruled out adopting any such scheme.

More to come.

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Global downturn takes millions of children under the poverty line

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(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

Countless businesses and individuals around the world were hit hard by the global financial crisis in 2007 and 2008.

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A new report released by UNICEF has revealed that children in affluent countries are among those who have been suffering the most.

Michael Kenny has this report by Widyan Al Ubudy.

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2.6 million – that’s how many children in the world’s most affluent countries have officially slipped under the poverty line since the global financial crisis.

A new report titled ‘Children of recession’ reveals the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty is estimated to be 76.5 million.

UNICEF social and economic policy expert, Yekaterina Chzhen says countries that were hardest hit by the global financial crisis, ranked poorly in child poverty.

“At the bottom child poverty ranking we have countries like Iceland, Greece, Latvia, Croatia, Ireland, Spain, Lithuania, Luxemburg and Italy, have seen living standards of children and young people fall more. While countries like Poland, Australia and Chile that have not been caught up in the economic crisis quiet in the same way, although they also suffered to some extent but at the same time they weren’t at the epic centre of the crisis.”

The United States also ranked poorly, with the report finding child poverty increased more in the recent downturn than during the recession of 1982.

However, for Australia it was good news.

Since 2008 child poverty rates dropped from 19 to 13 precent.

Director of Social Policy at the Australian National University, Professor Peter Whiteford, says the stimulation package and the former government’s economic growth are partly responsible for the improvement.

“UNICEF argue that when you look at we didn’t have the drop in income that occurred in other countries, they out that down mainly to the stimulus package at the time and they point out that in order to have the stimulus package we also had the previous government’s economic growth and repairing the budget balance. So it was a combination of having the financial resources to dealing with the GFC.”

UNICEF says poverty in developed nations is different to the poverty line referred to in third world countries.

The report measured poverty in rich countries using the country’s median income and comparing household earnings to the country average.

In Australia, children were deemed to be living in poverty if the household income was below $50,000 a year with two parents and at least two children living in the household.

“So when you’re asking me whether these children are very poor, if they have enough to eat, we don’t really know that because we’re only looking at the household income and what it is in relation to the average household in relation to the average household income in their society.”

Despite Australia improving its world ranking, the report warned that issues such as high youth unemployment could see the country go backwards, as some other countries have.

“In places like Spain they’ve gone back about eight years. In Greece they’ve lost 14 years of economic growth, a massive impact on family incomes. About half of the countries they look at show a significant deterioration in child poverty when measured this way.”

UNICEF has called on all countries to make child wellbeing a priority in their response to the recession.

UNICEF says it cannot recommend specific policies, but governments should consider children in all their economic and social policies to minimise further increases in poverty rates in the next generation.

 

 

 

 

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