This article has prompted me to ponder: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/10454903/Woes-of-minimum-wage-felt-by-family
Firstly, no one should be on the minimum wage permanently - my parents were on it, I slept in the living room. Circumstances differ from the above but I can relate to it - I also started on minimum wage, and never relied on any government support simply because we believe there were more unfortunate people out there that would benefit from.
Today it is quite different and I assure you it is by no accident. We got by because of sensible budgeting. What I disagree on the article is certainly "Their combined fortnightly income is $2000, nearly half of which is spent on rent."
It is almost certain that the near 50% is clearly not a wise budgeting decision. I am confident a smaller warm, and dry accommodation that is healthy for the family is achievable. Even today, my mortgage repayments do not equate to $1k a fortnight (although given the interest rate rises, I'd happily budget to pay more when the fixed rate rolls off)
Also should the measure of success, happiness is being able to afford to take your family to the movies for those who are stretched on the budget?