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Modern Families

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal Child Psychologist, was invited to attend to the ‘Hot Seat’  – burning issues & bid Ideas as part of the ABC-TV’s program hosted by the UNSW.

What it is about:

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.

Mother Families

Image of a family and children as part of a flyer promoting an event on mother families

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.

WHERE: Ritchie Theatre, Scientia, UNSW (enter from Gate 11 Botany Street)

WHEN: Wednesday 14 September, 6.15-7.30pm RSVP essential (seating is limited): Register &

pre-submit questions at www.science.unsw.edu.au