Don’t want to do any housework? Then live in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.
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Residents of Australia’s wealthiest areas are also the most likely to do the least amount of chores per week.

One-third of the residents in Waverley and Woollahra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and in Melbourne’s coastal ring of Port Phillip and Stonnington do fewer than five hours of unpaid domestic work every seven days.

In contrast, those local government areas on the fringes of Australia’s two largest cities have the highest rates of housework.

If you are searching for the Sydneysiders and Melburnians pumping out more hours per week of cleaning, cooking and washing than anywhere else head to Nillumbik, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Ranges or Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, the Hills Shire and Campbelltown in Sydney.

Here, one-in-10 male and female residents aged 15 and over are doing 30 hours or more per week of housework.

The census figures obtained for Fairfax Media by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a sharp divide between inner and outer suburbs, where contrasts exist on socioeconomic lines, but also on the size of homes and properties and the families that occupy them.

Areas dominated by couples with children with one parent working full time, such as Campbelltown in Sydney’s south-west or the Yarra Ranges north of Melbourne tend to have higher rates of domestic work in the home.

Likewise, areas with an influx of young professional couples such as North Sydney, Sydney’s inner west or Stonnington, have avoided both children and the cleaning and cooking that comes with them.

Unsurprisingly, dwelling sizes also play a role in the level of attention required to maintain them.

In Cardinia in Melbourne’s east and in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire you are more likely to live in a house that has four or more bedrooms than in any other type of dwelling.

But you are also three times as likely to do 15-29 hours of housework a week compared to your inner city dwellers where there are few four bedroom properties in sight and up to 70 per cent of the population lives in an apartment.

On the North Shore, the director of Fresh as Daisy cleaners, Fiona Carter, said she had noticed an increase in clients from two income households and those with “exceptionally large houses” with four or five bedrooms or more.

“People are going out, working long hours and the last thing they want to do is spend a long time cleaning,” she said.

Communities with large migrant communities such as Fairfield and Cumberland in Sydney and Greater Dandenong in Melbourne are also proportionately more likely to have a large number of residents doing zero hours of housework [36-39 per cent] while up to 9 per cent do 30 hours or more of housework each week.

“My guess is that these are migrant groups who are probably marginalised in the economy, so the result is that women stay at home and take of the kids and you have a very traditional division of housework and paid work,” said the University of Melbourne’s Dr Leah Ruppanner.

“The first question is do the women actually want to to enter the labour market? Two, if they do, are there employment mechanisms and enough government support that allow them to find employment?”

While the census figures do not capture whether the majority of housework is undertaken by females, we know most of them are women due to previous research by the bureau which showed women spent almost twice as much time on household work as men did.

Based on those 2006 figures, the typical Australian woman spends between five and 14 hours a week doing unpaid domestic housework, while men do fewer than five.

The trouble is it has been more than 10 years since the last social trends survey was undertaken, so we don’t know if society is spreading out housework more equally now.

Mornington Peninsula resident Heidi Duel estimates she was doing 30 hours unpaid housework a week while looking after her ageing mother and her young children.

“With the kids, I was cleaning up for four people.”

Even now, she estimates she spends 15 hours a week cleaning up, on top of her job as an education consultant.

“Because I am a single parent family, a lot of the load does fall on me.”

Dr Ruppanner’s research found it was important to not write off the statistics “as the bemoans of well-resourced first world problems”.

“Housework and the mental labour associated with its organisation have real and long-term economic consequences, particularly for women’s employment,” she said.

“The consequences of this are that women are making decisions based on gendered norms, it means they are investing more of their time in unpaid labour which means you lose human capital within the economy.”

She said a second child could knock a woman out of the labour force for a decade and the economy was at a tipping point thanks to an ageing population coupled with a high divorce rate.

“It’s quite profound the huge number of women are entering retirement with no super because they have been left out of the market for their whole working lives,” she said.

“That’s fine when marriages stay together but the minute women are no longer in a marital union is the minute they are in poverty.

“It’s not just about doing the dishes or the grocery shopping, it hedges on the nation’s economic vitality.”

With Angus Smith

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TAKE-OFF: The nurses’ union has backed John Hunter Hospital in a dispute with paramedics on the Westpac rescue helicopter, raising the disagreement to a new level. Picture: Max Mason-HubersRELATED: Rescue chopper hits turbulence over hospital rule
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THE nurses’ union has sided with John Hunter Hospital management in a dispute with paramedics on the Westpac rescue helicopter.

It comes after the Newcastle Herald reported the Health Services Union was pushing for Hunter New England Health to change its policies to allow paramedics to transfer patients between hospitals, known as secondary missions.

The HSU said John Hunter’s long-standing protocol had led to lengthy delays in responding to emergencies.

It wants the helicopter’s paramedics to perform both types of missions, but the hospital has resisted changing the decades-old rule, citing the “unique” medical demands of the health district.

It also cited the need to have the “best-equipped” medical staff for the inter-hospital transfer of critical patients.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association said on Thursdayclaims the rescue chopper’s two-tier structure was risking lives was an insult.

‘We depend, as do many outlying areas throughout Newcastle, on the helicopter to respond in the matter that they want to as quickly as possible’: Port Stephens MP Kate Washington.

“The assertion by the HSU that lives are being put at risk …is insulting to the hardworking and highly skilled nurses and doctors who coordinate these call outs,” acting general secretary Judith Kiejda said.

“Doctor and nurse teams in the Retrieval Service are specifically trained in equipment, treatments and procedures that patients require, including complex ventilations, neurosurgical interventions, complex medication regimes, paediatric high-flow oxygen and non-invasive ventilations, which are not part of a paramedic’s standing protocols.”

However, Port Stephens MP and Labor’s Hunter spokeswoman Kate Washington said it “made no sense” for HNEH to applyinconsistent policies in the same health district, noting thatparamedics perform patient transfers on the Tamworth rescue chopper.

“Why should we be any different,” she asked.

“I have heard they can have an additional 45 minutes turnaround to change the chopper from hospital retrieval to a rescue.

“That puts lives at risk.

“We depend, as do many outlying areas throughout Newcastle, on the helicopter to respond in the matter that they want to as quickly as possible.”

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen echoed the concerns of paramedics, stressing that the Belmont-based rescue helicopter was “extremely important” to ruralcommunities.

“It is not practical to have such rigid guidelines for such an area,” Mr Johnsen said.

However, Ms Kiejda said it was precisely because of the region’s size that the rescue chopper maintained the nursing crew for secondary transfers.

“John Hunter Hospital is the only tertiary referral centre for adults and paediatric patients in this vast area,” she said.

“Therefore, when transferring these critical care patients, these doctor-nurse teams become a mobile intensive care unit, providing a unique skill set.”

Ms Kiejda added: “By utilising two different types of crews, response times have improved as both the doctor-nurse teams and the doctor-paramedic teams can be deployed simultaneously to different situations.

“In addition, if the Rescue Helicopter Service is already deployed, there are other helicopters in Sydney, Tamworth and Lismore that can be deployed.”

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There have been so many fine books published in the past year, it is almost impossible to recommend only 10 for holiday reading. And if these don’t tickle your fancy, you might try new novels by Michelle de Kretser, Sofie Laguna, or Richard Flanagan. Then of course there’s … too many to mention.
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Challenging, original, ventriloquial, engaging, audacious and, ultimately, deeply compassionate, Saunders’ novel deservedly won the Man Booker prize. Lincoln in the Bardo is set in the world between death and the afterlife, a Buddhist limbo, before the dead finally proceed elsewhere. Abraham Lincoln, stricken with grief at the death of his son Willie, visits the crypt to sit with his body. Narrated by a multitude of voices, a sort of ghostly chorus, it does take a while to get used to Saunders’ imaginative form but once you do – trust me, you will – you’ll be richly rewarded. Lincoln in the Bardo.” src=”http://梧桐夜网smh南京夜网419论坛/content/dam/images/g/w/b/d/y/w/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1508981105462.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

George Saunders won the Man Booker prize with Lincoln in the Bardo. Photo: Janie Barrett


A fascinating picture of George Orwell as he battles tuberculosis and struggles to finish Nineteen Eighty-Four. Going back and forth in time, Glover gives us Orwell in Barcelona, Wigan, literary London and the isle of Jura and lets us see the ingredients – emotional, personal, and political – that went into his masterpiece. Dennis Glover presents Orwell as intellectually honest and dismayed at the flaws of the world and writes in appropriately crystal-clear Orwellian prose.


Her earlier novel set in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina, Salvage the Bones, was a gem, and her memoir of lives lost, Men We Reaped, masterly. This novel about race, ghosts, the dark history of the Deep South and family lives that could go terribly wrong is a stunner. Leonie takes her children, JoJo and Kayla, to pick up their white father when he is released from jail. But there’s another presence in the car who wants the truth about what happened years earlier in the prison. Ward won her second National Book Award for this powerful and moving novel.

Jesmyn Ward in DeLisle, Mississippi where she grew up. Photo: James Patterson/New York Times


Another novel with a road trip at its heart. The two-time Booker winner is in effervescent form as Irene and Titch Bobs, along with their navigator Willie Bachhuber, embark on the Redex Round Australia Reliability Trial in the early 1950s. But there are discoveries to be made along the way about the country and its dark past and the hidden background of at least one of the major characters. Carey excels in this fizzing, darkly comic novel that addresses white Australia’s relations with the Indigenous population while rattling from Bacchus Marsh to Broome and back with plenty of diversions along the way.

Two-time Booker winner Peter Carey. Photo: Steven Siewert


This is an astonishing story of murder, conspiracy, cover up, a dogged investigation and the early days of the FBI. New Yorker writer David Grann, who wrote The Lost City of Z, digs and digs into the mysterious deaths of members of the Osage nation, who in the early 20th century were, per capita, the richest people in the world thanks to headrights to minerals discovered under their Oklahoma land. Much of the book deals with what is already on the historical record but Grann’s additional research and conclusions are truly breathtaking. An appalling, brilliantly told story from the last days of the old west that is now being adapted for a Martin Scorsese film.


The first surprising thing about this follow-up to the technically audacious Visit from the Goon Squad is that it is really quite a conventional historical novel, albeit with an added touch of noir. But it’s a novel that intrigues with its mix of characters and time settings. Anna becomes a diver in the Manhattan naval yards during World War II. Years earlier her father disappeared after an encounter with the enigmatic gangster Dexter Styles and soon she falls into his orbit. As you would expect from Egan, it’s a remarkably assured novel peopled by characters who seem on the cusp of new lives in a world that has plunged into flux. Manhattan Beach is an intriguing historical novel.” src=”http://梧桐夜网smh南京夜网419论坛/content/dam/images/h/0/b/i/8/z/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1514535804224.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach is an intriguing historical novel. Photo: Pieter Van Hattem


Maryanne decides to go back to her husband Roy, giving him one last chance. The couple and their two children, Freya and Daniel, move to Newcastle where Roy has bought a run-down terrace house to restore. Can he restore the family though? Michael Sala’s second novel is a scrupulously written, scarifying story of impending tragedy, which is to give nothing away. Narrated largely from the points of view of Maryanne and Freya, it’s a picture of domestic tension, violence and disintegration. Worth reading in concert with Sala’s first novel, The Last Thread, which is virtually a memoir of his early life.

RELEASE Patrick Ness

This American author of YA fiction is best known for A Monster Calls, but this is perhaps his most personal book, the sort of book he would have reportedly liked when he was in much the same situation as his protagonist. Release is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and relates the intense events in a single day in the life of Adam, who is yet to come out, has already loved and lost, is now falling in love with Linus. It’s frank about sex and the difficulties Adam has negotiating adolescent life in a conservative family in a small US town.

HOME FIREKamila Shamsie

While this might be a reimagining of the classical Greek myth of Antigone and her brother Polynices, Kamila Shamsie’s novel about two British muslim families whose fates become dramatically entwined under the cloud of global geopolitics is bang up to date. At its heart lies the tricky problem facing western democracies: how to deal with jihadis who want to return home. It is also about how the decisions of fathers can impact so significantly on their children. Shamsie crafts a riveting novel and ratchets up the tension towards an ending that will leave you gasping. Home Fire.” src=”http://梧桐夜网smh南京夜网419论坛/content/dam/images/g/y/j/r/k/b/image.imgtype.articleLeadwide.620×349.png/1514536005116.png” title=”” width=”100%”>

Kamila Shamsie ratchets up the tension in Home Fire. Photo: Zain Mustafa

EXIT WESTMohsin Hamid

This fable-like novel follows the lives of two lovers, Saeed and Nadia, as they flee their unidentified home country – it seems to be in the Middle East – in the face of increasing violence and tyranny for uncertain futures in a fragile world. The couple move through mysterious doors – shades of C.S. Lewis and Narnia – that catapult them into new countries and new struggles to survive. It’s a short book that punches significantly above its weight and the future it describes seems only round the corner.

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LDV Comanche is the new line honours winner of the Sydney to Hobart after successfully protesting against Wild Oats XI after a near collision between the two yachts just outside Sydney Heads on Boxing Day.
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Wild Oats XI was penalised an hour for the infringement, enough to wipe away the 26 minutes and 34 second winning margin it had when it crossed the finish line on Wednesday evening.

A protest hearing, lasting more than three hours, decided the 73rd Sydney to Hobart and denies Wild Oats XI a ninth line honours win.

The result of the protest voids Wild Oats XI’s race record which goes to LDV Comanche in a time of one day, nine hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds.

The five-person international jury took witness testimony from LDV Comanche owner Jim Cooney and navigator Stan Honey, Wild Oats XI navigator Ian Burns and tactician Ian Murray.

They found Wild Oats XI was at fault for the near collision and failed to keep clear of LDV Comanche while tacking. Both boats were on a beat to windward between seamarks V and Z just outside Sydney Heads.

Wild Oats XI had the option to do a 720 degree penalty turn in the aftermath after LDV Comanche had raised a red protest flag, but decided against taking the manoeuvre.

“I’m thrilled to be installed as the line honours winner, it’s something we’ve worked so hard for,” Cooney said after the hearing. “It’s always a bit of a shame that it may happen in these circumstances. Both boats sailed a fantastically good race, it was a close fought race all the way.

“The jury’s decided that very clearly there was an infringement. When things come down to the wire so closely like that I think it’s only fair and reasonable that the jury acted the way they did. The boats have to be conducted responsibly and with fair respect to the conditions and the impact that your manoeuvres might have and I felt very strongly that wasn’t the case on Tuesday.”

LDV Comanche had led for most of the race but was overhauled by Wild Oats XI just south of Opossum Bay on Wednesday night and finished more than 26 minutes adrift.

“We’re very disappointed but we’re also good sports and we’ll have to take this one on the chin,” skipper Mark Richards said. “At the end of the day it’s a yacht race, has someone been run over or told you’ve got cancer, no, it’s a yacht race.

“We are very disappointed but I can see the jury’s point of view. They saw the incident the way they saw it, we saw it a bit differently.”

It is the third time in the race’s history that a line honours winner has been penalised post race and subsequently lost first position.

Nirvana came first in 1983 but ran into Condor in the Derwent River, pushing her rival yacht aground. The race was taken from Nirvana and awarded to Condor. Then, seven years later, British boat Rothmans claimed line honours but had flagrantly been advertising the cigarette brand on her spinnaker throughout the race, in contravention of race rules. She was penalised and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin was handed the line honours win.

The crew aboard Wild Oats XI celebrated on Wednesday night after arriving in Hobart having thought they’d ended a three-year run without victory, but their misfortune has continued for another year.

Twelve months ago the boat retired with a hydraulics issue and in 2015 they shredded their mainsail. The boat was also struck by lightning while docked in the lead up to this year’s event, damaging key navigation equipment.

Meanwhile, the prize for handicap honours looks like going to Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban, who was ahead on the overall standings late on Thursday. Ichi Ban sat more than 20 minutes ahead of Bob Steel’s Quest, who had looked like claiming handicap honours as the fleet tore down Australia’s east coast.

However, Ichi Ban crossed the finish line ahead of Quest, Hollywood Boulevard and Mascalzone Latino on Thursday morning after negotiating the Derwent less than 12 hours after Wild Oats XI was first past the post.

“Matt [Allen] deserves to win – it’s his 28th Hobart,” Steel said. “I’ve had my share, so I am jubilantly disappointed for us but happy for Matt.”

Steel’s crew endured a bumpy ride down to Hobart, despite the spectacular downwind weather conditions which allowed the first five yachts across the line to finish faster that Perpetual Loyal’s race record set last year.

Sailing master Mike Green fell heavily into the port wheel, which was broken in the process, while a number of crew fell through the deck rail, fortunately still tethered to the boat.

“People think running [downwind] is easy, but it isn’t, there’s a lot of pressure on the boat and the crew,” Steel said. “It’s a short race, but a challenging one. You have to work constantly, to keep the boat moving, keep your spinnaker flying without damaging it.”

Just five boats have been forced to retire from this year’s race. Blunderbuss pulled out on Thursday morning with a broken boom while Imalizard’s race ended when she dismasted. They joined Rockall, Jazz Player and Wots Next on this year’s casualty list.

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A woman has died in a crash on the Hume Highway on Thursday morning.
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The 72-year-old woman was driving a van south of Gunning about 9am when it collided with a truck travelling in the same direction.

Her death takes the official holiday road toll to 21, after a tragic few days on NSW roads.

Sisters Annabelle Falkholt, 21, and actress Jessica Falkholt, 28, are still fighting for life after their parents and another man were killed in a fiery crash on Boxing Day.

The sisters were pulled to safety before the cars went up in flames after the head-on collision on the Princes Highway. One sister was taken to Liverpool Hospital, and the other was sent to St George where they remain in a critical condition.

A 72-year-old woman has died after her van and a truck collided south of Gunning on the Hume Highway on Thursday. Photo: Baz Ruddick

That crash was one of many that has occurred since the Operation Safe Arrival was launched on December 16.

Charges have also been laid over a fatal crash in the Central Tablelands.

A BMW sedan and a taxi van collided about 10.45pm in Walcha. The 25-year-old front seat passenger of the car died at the scene, while the driver and the passenger of the taxi were both taken to hospital.

The driver of the BMW has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, and two counts of cause bodily harm by misconduct while driving a vehicle.

The deaths of a two-year-old who was hit by a reversing car in Campsie and a pedestrian who was struck by a car in Bonnyrigg were also not included in the official road toll as the deaths were on private property. The death of a 23-year-old woman at Peak Hill has also been removed from the official toll.

The toll is almost triple the same period last year, and on Wednesday Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said many families had been directly impacted by road trauma during the holiday period.

“Everyone who has been on our roads leaves home in the hope they can get back there [or] to their destination,” he said.

About half the deaths were the result of a vehicle leaving the road and crashing into a tree or power pole, while others were caused by head-on collisions, the Chief Inspector said.

“Those families will no doubt be feeling the pain and suffering of losing a loved one this close to Christmas.”

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