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INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL TRENDS
Australian Social Trends is now issued on a quarterly basis (From 1994 to 2008 it was an annual publication). In the course of a year, the articles will cover a wide range of the areas of social concern.
The articles focus strongly on people and social concerns. Each article aims to tell a story, providing a sense of the social and historical context in which a particular topic is embedded, moving from the general to the specific, and using statistics to bring light to the issue. Articles aim to balance 'what' analysis (relating the relevant statistical facts surrounding the issue, e.g. number, characteristics, change over time, sex, age and other differences), with 'why' analysis (providing context and explanation by highlighting relevant social changes and events and the chronologies of these). For example, an article on work may examine current labour force participation, how the labour market has changed over time, how different groups of people are affected by social and economic conditions, and how these factors may be linked to observed employment trends.
The ABS welcomes readers' suggestions on how the publication could be improved. To convey your views or to ask for more information please contact the Social and Progress reporting section via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Social Trends
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