Disclaimer and Information

This blog has been set up to find out what Australians think about ‘tipping’. There are numerous similar forums designed for people in the United States to discuss the pros and cons of this practice, but there does not appear to be any in Australia. But Australians tip… sometimes anyway. However, we do not know what everyone else around us thinks about what has been described as ‘our daily bribe’. This blog is designed to fill this gap, by exploring the issues around tipping and seeking contributions by anyone who is interested in the issue.

This blog is also part of a larger research project by John Frank Burgess, a post-graduate researcher at the University of Melbourne. The working title of the thesis is ‘Why Americans tip, why Australians don’t: A study in cultural divergence’, and, as the title suggests, explores the differences in tipping attitudes and practices between the two countries.

Therefore, it is possible that reader contributions to this blog will inform that research. Further, some contributions may be even directly referred to in the research, although pseudonyms will be used to protect the contributor’s identity. Overall, contributions to this blog will be used in conjunction with other forms of research to help discover and understand the general social attitudes towards tipping in Australia.

Should you require any further information, or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either John Frank Burgess, the author of this blog, at j.burgess3@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au or Dr. Monica Minnegal at mmam@unimelb.edu.au.  This blog has received clearance from the Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne, but should you have any concerns about the conduct of the project, you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer, Human Research Ethics, The University of Melbourne, on ph: 8344 2073, or fax: 9347 6739.



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