Editor's note

It’s hard to imagine all the adjustments someone must make to settle in Australia after being forced to give up their old life and country to escape death or persecution. It’s even harder to imagine the life of a 17-year-old refugee who says: “I just move around and around. No school. No Work. No family. No home.”

Young refugees’ risk of becoming homeless is very high. Today, they give voice to their experiences of being homeless in an article by Jen Couch, who followed their lives over five years. Her research found the pathway out of being homeless wasn’t, for most of them, homelessness services. Instead, re-establishing connections with their communities helped them find a home.

And, thanks to the readers who kindly pointed out it was in fact Billy Joel who wrote “every child had a pretty good shot to get at least as far as their old man got”, and not Bruce Springsteen as we stated in this editor’s note on Monday.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

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There is help available for young refugees who find themselves homeless in Australia, if only they can find it. Supakit Wisetanuphong/Shutterstock

‘We all slept in the car, five of us’. Young refugees talk about being homeless in Australia

Jen Couch, Australian Catholic University

Young refugees are at high risk of being homeless in Australia. A five-year study has found re-establishing connections with their communities was the pathway out of homeless for most of them.

The perception of Jones’ power has led to him being courted by politicians, and so wielding actual power. AAP/Joel Carrett

It will be money, not morality, that finally turns the tide on Alan Jones

Denis Muller, University of Melbourne

The broadcaster's latest outrage may finally make his employer act - but not because of any damage he is doing to the social fabric.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics insists inequality has been stable, but its data suggests something less rosy. ALAN PORRITT/AAP

What the Bureau of Statistics didn’t highlight: our continuing upward redistribution of wealth

Christopher Sheil, UNSW; Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney

Better data would tell us more about the ultrawealthy, but they really do seem to be growing more wealthy, more quickly, than the rest of us.

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