Article 16 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in full states:
- Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.
- They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Defining a Modern Family
The Australian Bureau of Statistics in the Census of Population and Housing: Australia Revealed, 2016 says:
Family: A small word that describes so much
What does our data say about the evolution of the ‘traditional’ family unit in Australia? Family composition changed little between 2011 and 2016.
The 2016 Census counted more than six million families in Australia on Census night – up from over five million families in 2011. About 45% of these families were couples with children; 38% were couples without children; and 16% were single parent families. Of all single-parent families, female single parents make up 82%, and male single parents make up 18%.
Also, almost one in four Australians (24%) now live in single person households.
Is Australia raising its rainbow flag? It sure is. We counted approximately 47,000 same-sex couples in 2016 – up from 33,000 in 2011 (a 42% increase) and 26,000 in 2006 (an 81% increase).