No Place Like Home

25 July 2019 #592

Cover Story: No Place Like Home


August marks national Homelessness Week, with its theme “Housing Ends Homelessness”. It sounds simple, yet there are more than 116,000 Australians without a safe place to sleep every night, and some 140,000 people on the waiting list for public housing. 

There’s a chronic shortage of 200,000 social and affordable houses; a shortage predicted to grow to more than 600,000 by 2030. In this edition we look at Australia’s affordable housing crisis and what’s being done.

We also celebrate The Big Issue’s Street Socceroos. Eight of our fittest and finest players are on their way to Wales to represent Australia at the 17th annual Homeless World Cup.

They’ll be competing against 500 players from 50 nations. For some, it’s their first time overseas. For all, it will be a life-changing experience. Go Street Socceroos!

Also is this edition

• Why was PM Kevin Rudd meowing like a cat on the streets of Sydney? Find out in the essay he’s penned about pets in this edition.

• In Letter to My Younger Self, Bunurong/Yuin author Bruce Pascoe talks about discovering his culture later in life and writing bestseller Dark Emu.

• What do you eat when you’re living below the bread line? In Big Picture we explore the impact of poverty on food, nutrition and the simple pleasure of eating.

• Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon talks about her new album and her meteoric rise to fame.

• In Tastes Like Home, Tasmanian farmer and chef Matthew Evans serves his Hazelnut and Chocolate Kiss biscuits – perfect with a cuppa.

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