This regularly held colloquium presents key Melbourne Institute research findings, and provides a forum for discussions on a broad range of topics that inform and shape Australian economic and social policy. Each colloquium is moderated by the Melbourne Institute Director (Professor A. Abigail Payne) or the Melbourne Institute Deputy Director (Professor Roger Wilkins).


Same-sex parenting was one of the most controversial topics for debates leading up to the Australian same-sex marriage postal survey in 2017. According to recent opinion polls, almost half of Australians are not convinced that same-sex couples can be as good parents as different-sex couples. But are these beliefs supported by research?

In this session you’ll be provided with a thorough overview of academic studies on same-sex parenting, and you will gain a better insight into the demographic socio-economic characteristics of same-sex couples including discussions about cultural and institutional challenges faced by same-sex parents in Australia. Jan Kabatek has conducted the most thorough analysis of academic achievement of same-sex-parented children to date.


Join Dr Jan Kabatek on Tuesday 29th June 2021, 12:00 to 12:45 pm AEST in the Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

Register here to attend