• SYDNEY nurse Damien Davis, 30, considers himself “really lucky.” In the city’s east, where he grew up and now rents, that equates to living in a tiny unit with four bedrooms, five people, one toilet and a cramped kitchen.

They rent privately off an old lady for $900 a week (“a score,” he says). It’s agitating at times, especially after a nightshift dealing with aggressive drunks and drug addicts, but he refuses to complain.


Nurse Damien Davis knows how hard it is living on $60,000 in Sydney right now. Picture: Danny Armstrong