Australian girls are very fine girls, Look away, look away! With codfish bones they comb their curls, Look away.

So urges the old sea chantey. Last week Commonwealth Statistician S. R. Carver revealed another interesting fact about Australian girls: seven out of every ten of Australia's teen-age mothers in 1951 conceived their first babies without benefit of marriage; 28% of all the year's firstborn children were conceived out of wedlock.


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