what cultural influences and changing cultural practices currently exist in australia?
Many claim that Australia's culture is a blend of global influences-the cross-fertilisation of cultures by the dominant political powers of Great Britain, the United States, and emerging neighbours in Asia. Others argue that separate and distinct Australian cultures have existed for a long time. Aboriginal cultures dating back thousands of years took many forms, with over 100 separate languages, and with widespread social networks making it necessary for Aboriginal people to be multilingual to communicate. Aboriginal people also expressed themselves in music, dance, kinship systems, art forms and ceremonies differing dramatically between regions, some of which are still in existence. A separate British-influenced Australian culture is also said to have existed since the mid-1800s. It could be argued that both of the above views are valid-that there are unique Aboriginal and Australian cultures and that Australia has ongoing cultural links with other countries that have a significant impact on Australia and the rest of the world. It could further be argued that, despite the enduring nature of many of the images of Australian culture in the above examples, Australian culture is continuously evolving in response to external and internal cultural trends