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Queues were a symbol of financial inequality during the pandemic — and now, as we head into an uncertain future

In the past few weeks, hundreds of new faces have begun appearing at Sydney food banks. Trembling, they offer up excuses for why they’re in the queue: “I swear I’m not lazy”, “I have a job”, “I used to donate here”. The people in bright yellow T-shirts at Waterloo’s OzHarvest market do their best to assure them it doesn’t matter either way; they are welcome. They hope they come back. Often they do, but in some cases, the shame of relying on the kindness of strangers to put a meal on the table is too much to bear. In…