How Has the Nature of Family Life Changed in Australia over the Past 50 Years and What Impact Has This Had on Australian Society ?

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March 14 2013 How has the nature of family life changed in Australia over the past 50 years and what impact has this had on Australian society ? Society and culture The nature of family life in Australia's has changed over the past 50 years mainly due to advances in technology, changes in gender roles and also because of who has power and authority in todays modern families. As a result of these changes, Australia's society has been impacted in many ways. For example, there has been an increase in antisocial behaviour which affects the way society interacts. Children now have a voice and are encouraged to have opinions and a say in family life leading to better communication in within society and the family. There is now more…show more content…
This was the culture in Australia 50 years ago and it what society viewed as traditional. However when legislation came in like 'maternity leave' and 'no fault divorce' and women began to receive a better education, they were empowered and the balance began to shift. Slowly, more mothers were able to financially support their families making their power and authority within the family equal to the man. Women now have a say in family matters and are respected as significant members of Australian society . Now that women had power, society could push that a step further and give a woman authority which is what happened in 2010 when Australia elected 'Julia Gillard' as the first female prime minister. This greatly impacted many aspects in society. There has been a negative impact on society as a result of women wishing to further their careers and postponing marriage and pregnancy in a time when australia has a very high population of aged people who require care and there is a low rate of reproduction. In conclusion, the nature of family life in australia has changed over the past 50 years firstly because of advances in technology such as the mobile phone and the computer which improved communication between family members but impacted society by causing anti social behaviour which significantly affects the way society interacts. Secondly, changes in gender roles took a huge role in changing the nature of family life by

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