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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2336

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What is the (a) number and (b) percentage of employees in the Australian work force who are (i) unmarried, (ii) married without children and (iii) married with (A) one dependent child, (B) two dependent children, (C) three dependent children and (D) more than three dependent children.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Acting Commonwealth Statistican has provided the following information in reply to the honourable member's question.

The numbers of never married employees in the Australian labour force at the time of the 1966 Census were 863,268 males, 573,706 females, a total of 1,436,974 persons. These represented 30.9 per cent, 46.2 per cent and 35.6 per cent of the total number of employees in each category.

Information to enable a precise answer to the remainder of the question is not available. The table below gives a distribution of head of families in private dwellings at the 1966 Census by numbers of dependent children (defined as children under 21 years of age nol in the labour force) without distinguishing between married and unmarried heads.


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