The Age, Saturday March 25 2014

About 25 per cent of Australians now rent privately, compared to 18 per cent in 1994-95. They are renting for longer and they are getting older. But amid our property extravaganza, government policies effectively treat renters as second-class citizens.

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Suzy Freeman-Greene is a senior writer at The Age.

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Letter by Dalene Salisbury, Housing for the Aged Action Group.

the Age, Tuesday 25 March 2014

"Providing more equity in the allowances should not have the effect of driving older people into further poverty. Our group's Home at Last service hears from thousands of older people who are paying, on average, 60 to 70 per cent of their age pension on private market rent. Many do not use their heating, cut back on food and are ''one eviction notice'' away from homelessness".

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