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    Chapter 1 : 1980s - Decade in context
   The Australian economy was booming in the 1980s, but the 1987 stock
    market crash forced the economy into recession
   Amid the glamour and greed of the 1980s, many environmental causes
    came to the forefront of public debate.
   Immigration rates were high in the 1980s. Racial tolerance improved as
    Australians embraced multiculturalism.
   Uluru was handed back to its Aboriginal owners in 1986, marking a step
    forward in the Indigenous land rights struggle.
   The Bicentenary of 1988 celebrated Australia's white heritage and culture.
    Many Indigenous people, though, considered it a time for mourning.

    Chapter 2 : Music and entertainment
   Australian music gained confidence in the 1980s, and many bands achieved
    international success.
   The number of Australian television programmes reached a peak in the
    1980s, but American programmes remained popular.
   The miniseries became a popular television format. Miniseries' mostly
    explored stories from Australia's past.
   Home computers became more common, and computer and video games
    became popular.
   Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs) freed consumers from the constraints of
    TV schedules, and caused a decline in cinema attendance.
   Many Australian films produced in the 1980s were designed to appeal to an
    international audience.

    Chapter 3 : Fashion in the 1980s
   Baby boomers matured in the 1980s, and dictated the glamorous, upmarket
    fashion trends.
   Clothing styles reflected the rampant consumerism and materialism of the
   The styles of film, television and music stars filtered into mainstream
   Power suits were designed to make the wearer look authoritative and
   Princess Diana was the predominant female fashion icon of the decade
   The fitness craze spurred the development of specially-designed sportswear
   Punk fashion was a rebellion against both the peace-loving ideals of the
    hippie era, and the consumerism of the 1980s.
    Chapter 4 : Sport in the 1980s
   Sport in Australia allows an expression of traditional national values. It also
    reflects the British and American influence on our culture.
   The Brisbane Commonwealth Games and Australia's America's Cup victory
    led to an upsurge in national pride.
   The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) opened in 1981, prompting a new era
    of success for Australian athletes.
   Increased corporate involvement saw millions of dollars injected into
    Australian sport, changing the way it was played.
   Women participated in almost all sports in the 1980s, but would struggle to
    achieve true equality in the areas of funding and media coverage.

    Chapter 5 : American and British cultural influence 1980s
   The Australian identity has evolved over the decades, from that of a British
    colony, to a diverse global culture.
   American music artists were popular in Australia during the 1980s, due in
    part to music videos.
   American products dominated Australian cinemas and television screens,
    although the domestic film and television industries were booming.
   Australian sport adopted the glitzy presentation and TV-friendly conventions
    of American sport.
   Fast food chains and supermarkets changed Australia's eating habits in the
   Critics are divided over whether Australian cultural products have been able
    to retain a unique Australian identity in the face of American influence.

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