Australian social trends 2007

August 22, 2007 at 3:00 am 3 comments

Horses Nicaragua KimWell, here’s a surprise (not!) – apparently Australians are overweight, over-indulged and over-looked (by whom I’m not sure). The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released a report entitled “Australian Social Trends 2007” and I think there are some concerns.

According to the ABS Media Release, the snapshot into the national Australian lifestyle reveals:

  • Australia’s total fertility rate has increased, reaching 1.81 babies per woman in 2005 – the highest level recorded since 1995. (Australia’s fertility rate fell to a historic low in 2001 – 1.73 babies per woman).
  • the probability of marrying has declined. This is probably due to Gen Y’s focus on career and delaying have a family until they’re in their 30s. If current rates were to continue, 31% of men and 26% of women would never marry.
  • 20% of children live in one-parent families, which places them at a potential disadvantage since in 2003–2004 almost half (49%) of one-parent families with children under 15 had both low income and low wealth, compared with 11% of couple families with children of the same age.
  • In Australia’s labour force, more women are working, up from 74% in 1990 to 76% in 2005 for people aged 15-64 years (mmmm….what happens when you’re over 64 years?).
  • 7.4 million Australian adults (54%) are overweight or obese – this is an increase of 2 million adults since 1995.
  • we’re buying more “stuff” because many goods and services have become more affordable – including motor vehicles, clothing and footwear and household appliances – others, such as education and hospital and medical services, have become less affordable because price rises for these services have outpaced increases in income and wealth.
  • there’s been an increase in household disposable income, increasing from 5.1 per cent per year between 1985/86 and 2005/06.
  • but…..bankruptcy rates are near their highest point in 20 years. And so we’re sinking further into debt despite an increased disposable income (are you listening John Howard?)
  • we’re better educated.

So we’re getting smarter but fatter – great.

Entry filed under: Australia, Social problems, Society.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. krellc  |  August 22, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Why are we getting so fat, and what can be done about it. I saw this fat guy shopping yesterday, and his trolley was full of chocolate, ready made dinners and cake – not a fruit or vegetable in sight – surely this is not the norm. I think we should have barriers on fast food outlets, so you have to be a certain size, or you will be too big to get through.

  • 2. Wayno  |  September 9, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Yeah we are also taking a page out of the American’s book and letting our Police force have unprecedented power on the streets. I saw an accountant get arrested on TV tonight for crossing the street with his young boy near the APEC summit. What are we doing with murderers in our country. How many deaths are Bush and Putin responsible for?

    Yeah Howard says we are better off. The truth is no one can afford housing without putting themselves in massive debt. Yes we are earning more than ever but the cost of living is insane.

  • 3. Josh  |  September 13, 2007 at 2:29 am

    I agree with Wayne – Oz are TOO accomodating to the USA. I can see a current trend in Australian society that scares me – and Howard has taken us there eg. supporting the war, stamping down on indigenous australians (especially in the NT), following George Bush without question…..

    Where is the spirit of protest? Oh that’s right, the police arrest you if you protest at APEC.

    This is scary scary stuff.



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