How Australia Compares

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 2004 - Business & Economics - 282 pages
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How Australia Compares is a handy reference that compares Australia with 17 other developed democracies on a wide range of social, economic and political dimensions. Whenever possible, it gives not only snapshot comparisons from the present, but charts trends over recent decades or even longer. Its scope is encyclopaedic, offering comparative data on as many aspects of social life as possible, from taxation to traffic accidents, homicide rates to health expenditure, and international trade to internet usage. It uses a highly accessible format, devoting a double-page spread to each topic, with tables on one page and a clear explanation and analysis on the facing page. In each discussion the focus is to put the Australian experience into international perspective, drawing out the implications for its performance, policies and prospects.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Government and Politics
18
Parliamentary structures
24
Election campaigns and finances
31
Electoral participation
38
Work and the Labour Force
66
Government Taxes and Spending
89
Health
98
Media
182
Family
190
Gender
200
Lifestyles and Consumption
208
Crime and Social Problems
223
Religion Values and Attitudes
238
Sources and References
258
List of Tables
276

Education
118
Inequality and Social Welfare
136
Science and Technology
170

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Rodney Tiffen is Associate Professor in Government and International Relations at Sydney University.

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