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of Australians aged 15 and over smoke, compared with an OECD average of nearly 20%
of Australian girls are overweight or obese, compared with an OECD average of 22%
out of 25—Australia’s ranking in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
in 100 births in Australia are by caesarean section delivery, compared with an OECD average of 28 per 100
of babies born in Australia are of low birthweight, compared with an OECD average of 6.6.%
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