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Family support policy in Australia: the need for a paradigm shift

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posted on 2017-05-04, 03:40 authored by McDonald, Peter
Australian women show a strong attachment to employment. This article shows that this includes most mothers of pre-school children. However, Australia’s family tax rebate, family income support and children subsidy systems penalise rather than help mothers who work. There needs to be a paradigm shift in these arrangements if the family preferences of most mothers are to be addressed. Such a shift is an essential component of policies which address Australia’s declining birthrate. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 9, no. 2 (2001), p. 15-20. ISSN 1039-4788

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