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Give small amounts as you pass by makes you feel good but is rarely enough to make any significant or lasting difference. Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

Can travellers transform a beggar’s life with a generous gift?

Travelling almost always involves confronting experiences with abject poverty. As you step out of the pampered cocoons of hotels, restaurants and airline cabins and see destitute people sleeping on streets…
For many people, the dilemma in giving money to beggars is whether it will be spent in a way that is helpful or harmful. AAP/Dean Lewins

Confronted by begging for spare change? Vouchers might be better

Even before reports of police seizing the takings of Melbourne’s beggars as proceeds of crime, their plight has been a disturbing one in this, the world’s “most liveable city” - and in other major Australian…