By Shaun Wilson
A desirable perception into what Australians take into consideration modern political and social concerns utilizing info accrued from the inaugural Australian Survey of Social Attitudes at the expressed reviews of a few 4300 Australian adults. a superb source for college kids, lecturers, researchers and coverage makers, and for a person drawn to figuring out the social dynamics of latest Australia.
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AusSocAtts03 26/7/05 8:55 AM Page 29 W H AT M A K E S A N A U S T R A L I A N F A M I L Y ? • 29 Gibson, R, Wilson, S, Meagher, G, Denemark, D & Western, M (2004) Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2003, Data file, Australian Social Science Data Archive, The Australian National University, Canberra. , PhD thesis, Australian National University, Canberra. ’, Child Trends Research Brief, Child Trends, Washington, DC. Hantrais, L & Letablier, M-T (1996) Families and Family Policies in Europe, Longman, London.
A B O RT I O N The majority of AuSSA 2003 respondents (83 per cent) agree that a ‘woman should have the right to choose whether or not she has an abortion’. 5). Both men and women express a high level of agreement with a woman’s right to choose abortion (81 per cent and 84 per cent respectively), although women are more likely than men to express strong agreement (49 per cent versus 36 per cent). Men’s agreement is more consistent across the age spectrum: 84 per cent of men aged 18–34 agree with the right to choose, compared to 80 per cent of men aged over 65.
Against this background, changing gender roles and income needs have led couples with children to adopt a diverse set of strategies to cope with work and family life – even when these are not strongly supported by public policy (see Moen & Sweet 2003; OECD 2002, pp. 40–41). In this chapter, I use the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2003 (Gibson et al. 2004) to discover how different kinds of families are dealing with the problems of the work/life balance in three important policy-related areas – child care, working time, and living standards.