Modern Families @ ABC 2

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologists was invited to discuss ‘Modern Families: Does anything go?’ during a panel discussion hosted by  ABC Hot Seat produced by the UNSW.

A panel discussion for ABC-TV’s Big Ideas program presented by Dr Paul Willis, RiAus Director.

You can view the Highlights below.

Modern technology is rearranging the possibilities for families and relationships. We can fertilise eggs in-vitro and buy sperm over the internet. People can have sex without any danger of having babies, and have babies without having sex. Families can have a mum and dad, or one or the other, or two mums, or two dads. We ask what the “natural” family looks like, and how that should affect the family arrangements we recognise. We also ask what happens when a whole generation starts having children in non-traditional family units. How will the next generation of children turn out? What does it mean for the future of our society and our species?


  • Professor Robert Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist and author of Sex Genes and Rock‘n Roll.
  • Jane McCredie, writer, journalist, publisher, author of Making Girls and Boys, Inside the Science of Sex.
  • Mrs Babette Francis, mother, writer and Endeavor Forum lobbyist.
  • Dr Kimberley O’Brien, child psychologist, lecturer and media commentator.


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