Family    POLICIES THREATEN FAMILY SURVIVAL: CATHOLIC SOCIOLOGIST
Australia needs to look critically at how Federal Government economic and employment policies are impacting on birth rates and family survival, Australia Catholic University sociologist Dr Moira Eastman has urged.
    The Catholic Weekly reports Dr Eastman's assertion that the casualisation of employment is undermining young couples wanting to marry and have children as they were unable to borrow money for housing.
    Dr Eastman said Australian tax policies had also penalised families for decades, with parents raising children often paying above the average level of tax.
    "There are more than one million workers in the retail industry, and most of them are now employed as casuals. Their casual status means they are unable to borrow money to finance a mortgage. This further undermines public confidence in marriage and puts added financial strain on family life."
    Dr Eastman is among seven Australian and international speakers at this week's recent Catholic Society for Marriage Education (CSME) and Marriage Educator's Association of Australia annual conference at Kincoppal Convent at Rose Bay in Sydney [LINK].
   
    Cath Weekly 9:54am 30/9/99

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