Victoria MP says entrenched loneliness is so serious it requires government intervention

Australia is becoming an increasingly lonely place, so much so that one party is turning it into an election issue.

Social isolation affects one in 10 Australians, while one in six experience periods of emotional loneliness.

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26 March 2019