A) The inequity in the distribution of wealth in Australia is yet another indicator of Australia's lack of egalitarianism. In 1995, 20% of the Australian population owned 72.2% of Australia's wealth with the top 50% owning 92.1% (Raskall, 1998: 287). Such a significant skew in the distribution of wealth indicates that, at least in terms of economics, there is an established class system in Australia.
McGregor (1988) argues that Australian society can be categorized into three levels: the Upper, Middle and Working classes.
B) Because only a few people have most of the money and power in Australia, I conclude that it is not an equal society. Society has an Upper, Middle and Lower class and I think that most people when they are born into one class, end up staying in that class for their whole lives. When all three classes are looked at more closely, other things such as the differences between the sexes and people's racial backgrounds also add to the unequal nature of Australian society.
Which of the two samples of scientific writing is better?
A survey designed at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) offered two different ways of writing up the same piece of scientific information. The two authors were given neutral names, "Smith" and "Brown".
Read the two texts in Task 2 and discuss with your group. Choose your preferred text and give reasons.
What can you tell?
69.5% of the scientists who responded to the questionnaire ‘preferred’ Smith's version.
In all, 1580 scientists gave their views.
Not only did they prefer the easier passage, but they also found it ‘more stimulating’ and ‘more interesting’.
In answering the question, ‘Does one author seem to have a better organized mind?’, three-quarters said, ‘Yes, Smith’.
A majority of the scientists who filled out the questionnaire perceived Smith's version as more impressive, more credible, and more worthy of esteem than the Brown version.
Avoid using unclear pronouns: it, this, that, these, they.
>>use “ This/ these + noun” to join ideas together.
e.g. According to a recent survey, 26% of all American adults, down from 38% thirty years ago, now smoke. This drop can be partly attributed to the mounting evidence linking smoking and fatal disease such as cancer.