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Transcript of The 2000s
The values regarding education was taken with more seriousness with an extension of the compulsory school age to 15 years (16 in Tasmania) and the need to undertake post-school education to acquire marketable skills to compete in the job market has resulted in teenagers staying in education for longer, and older Australians being more likely to be studying.
Increases in security values, and decreases in stimulation values, were also documented in children and adults after terrorist attacks, including the Oklahoma bombing, the 9/11 attacks and the London bombings of 2005.
USA vs AUS
In 2000, Australia was ranked 7th in the world for internet use, with 43% of Australians using the internet at home.
Online shopping, on sites such as Amazon and Ebay also came about in this decade
WiFi was invented by the CSIRO and in particular, Australian John O'Sullivan in 2009
News could now be seen all over the world, such as footage from 9/11 and the war on terror, which were frequently viewed daily
The 2000s also had some of the greatest sporting moments of all time, such as Usain Bolt breaking the 100 m world record at the 2008 Olympics and Michael Phelps winning 8 gold medals at Beijing
But the 2000s were most famous for the introduction of several new digital and wireless technologies, in particular the iPhone and laptop which revolutionized the delivery of communications, information and entertainment
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Cathy Freeman wins gold in the women’s 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The opening and closing ceremonies celebrated Indigenous cultural identity and history and provided some deft political comment on contemporary Aboriginal issues.
An Aboriginal Tent Embassy is set up in Sydney during the Olympic period to attract world media attention to Australian Indigenous issues.
The government starts using Shared Responsibility Agreements (SRAs), voluntary written agreements, which set out outcomes to be achieved and the agreed roles and responsibilities of governments and Aboriginal communities in relation to particular projects or activities.
The Commonwealth government establishes a memorial to the Stolen Generations at Reconciliation Place in Canberra.
Victoria is the first state to formally recognise the sacrifice and service of Aboriginal servicemen during the inaugural Honouring Victorian Indigenous Returned Service Men and Women Shrine of Rememberance Service. The service is held each year since.
Aboriginal law professor Mick Dodson receives the 2009 Australian of the Year award for his lifetime commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people and helping to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Reconciliation Australia releases the Australian Reconciliation Barometer, a first-ever study on how Aboriginal and other Australians see and feel abo
ut each other.
The 2000s in Australia was a decade of social growth an reconciliation, with the Apology to the Indigenous population and the policy of 'Closing the Gap'
The 2000s in USA was a decade of political growth, after 9/11 and the election of Barack Obama
Both Aus and the USA experienced great economic peril after the GFC in 2008, as well as a large fear of terrorism
Outlook adopted to focus on tackling social issues such as crime, drugs, youth unemployment, socioeconomic disadvantage and poverty. A whole-of-the-community approach being used to create positive 'self-help' options for individuals and groups being promoted through the media.
Child abuse and the media drew attention to the essential role of the media in increasing society's awareness of, and response to, child abuse and neglect. Through the part played by news and features that reported on specific child abuse cases, research and intervention strategies
Comparison to the 90s
As of 2000, nearly every person in Australia had a mobile phone
Society became more fearful of terrorism, especially post 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan
The creation of Wikipeda
The Apology to the Aboriginal people of Australia, which had been denied until 2008
The launch of Facebook in 2004, and Twitter in 2006, the creation of online social media
Germany had its first female chancellor, and the US had its first black president
The GFC in 2008 where the stock market crashed after Americans defaulted on their home loans
Australia hosted its second Olympic Games in 2000 in Sydney