Saturday, 18 August 2007

HELP! 37,000 BABIES AT RISK EACH YEAR

This report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence has found that an
estimated 37,000 babies each year are being born into the 21 most
disadvantaged communities in Australia. The report finds that the
higher the poverty rate per electorate, the higher the birth rate.
This means that more Australian children are being born in areas of
social disadvantage. The explanation for this phenomenon is not an
increase in birth rates in disadvantaged electorates, but rather a
reduction in birth rates in more affluent electorates.

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