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Sonia Jackson and Brian Jackson

We in Australia and New Zealand are proud of the way we broke free of the British class system when we set up our own nations. In the new lands Jack and Jill became as good as the Master and Mistress. However, as the world becomes economically, if not culturally, interdependent, the problems of industrial countries, such as Britain, keep cropping up here. We do not have the exact equivalent of British nursery schools and day nurseries, nor are au pair girls common. But we do have professionally run child care institutions, parent run pre-schools, and an underground of unofficial, untrained, almost illegal childminders. And we do have some funny attitudes towards working mothers.

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