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Get involved

Explore the ways ordinary Australians can get involved in the work of Parliament with this short video (6:25 min). Find out how you can get informed about the work of the Parliament, the role of petitioning and ways to participate in parliamentary inquiries.

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Landmarks: people and places across Australia

This resource features the Landmarks gallery, which traces a broad history of Australia since British colonisation in the late 18th century. The exhibition explores ten big themes in the country's past through the stories of Australian places and the people who have lived there. It examines how people have engaged with ...

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Prime ministers of Australia

This website contains biographies of Australia’s prime ministers up to John Howard. Each biography includes information about the prime minister and his terms in office and includes major events and milestones, activities beyond politics and pieces of legislation implemented.

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What makes a good citizen? - unit of work

This is a set of four lessons about the characteristics of a good citizen. The unit aims to ensure that students realise they are already citizens and consider what society would be like if the qualities of a good citizen were not apparent in others. The unit identifies eight online interactive resources relevant to the ...

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What are my values? - unit of work

This is a unit consisting of two extended lessons about those values that young people feel strongly about and how they can and have been translated into action. The teaching and learning strategies centre on values identification, firstly by reading biographies of three Australians and secondly by students examining their ...

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Stories of the people and rulers - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the mid-primary years about who should rule. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units. The unit includes studies of the pharaohs' absolute rule in ancient Egypt and of democracy in ancient Athens, as well as an examination of who rules in Australia and how a nation should ...

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People power - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how popular movements achieved change in Australia. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and includes studies of the Eight Hour Day campaign from the 1850s, the Equal Pay campaign of the 20th century and the Freedom Ride of 1965. The unit contains four focus questions ...

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What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

In this unit of work students investigate stories of immigration and the impact migrants have had on Australian society over time. This unit of work uses the objects and displays from the National Museum of Australia's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other Museum exhibitions ...

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Edmund Barton, prime minister 1901-03

This is a black-and-white photograph of Edmund Barton which introduces a range of online materials about his life and various roles as a politician, advocate for federation and High Court justice. The photograph was taken during his term as Australia's first prime minister. He is wearing a waistcoat and suit and is facing ...

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Alfred Deakin, prime minister 1903-04, 1905-08, 1909-10

This is a black-and-white photograph of Alfred Deakin, Australia's second prime minister. It shows him wearing a white shirt and tie, with a vest. He is facing the camera and appears to be writing with a feathered quill.

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Harold Holt, prime minister 1966-67

This is a black-and-white photograph of Harold Holt, Australia's seventeenth prime minister. It shows him alongside Lyndon Baines Johnson, the first US president to visit Australia, and 'First Lady' Lady Bird Johnson in October 1966.

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Jessie Street, 1889-1970

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Jessie Street, a prominent 20th-century human rights campaigner known as ‘Red Jessie’. The collection is introduced by the black-and-white passport photograph seen here that links to a richly documented biography on a showcase called 'Uncommon lives'. The showcase ...

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John Howard, Prime Minister 1996-2007

This is a colour photograph of the Honourable John Howard, Australia's twenty-fifth Prime Minister. It shows him walking up the steps of the National Archives to launch a Gift to the Nation. The launch was part of the release of all of the World War I service records in an online digital format. Howard walks alongside the ...

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Values we admire in others - unit of work

This is a unit consisting of three activities extended over five lessons about the values set out in 'Nine values for Australian schooling' and how well-known Australians have enacted these values. The suggested teaching and learning strategies involve analysing each value, annotating a biography of Aboriginal footballer ...

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Bob Hawke, prime minister 1983-91

This is a black-and-white photograph of Robert James Lee Hawke, Australia's twenty-third prime minister. This official portrait shows him mid-speech.

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Joseph Cook, prime minister 1913-14

This is a black-and-white photograph of Joseph Cook, Australia's sixth prime minister. The photograph shows him wearing a white shirt with a bow tie and sporting a beard. He is looking to one side of the camera.

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John Gorton, prime minister 1968-71

This is a black-and-white photograph of John Gorton, Australia's nineteenth prime minister. It shows him talking with troops at Nui Dat, South Vietnam, in June 1968.

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William Morris Hughes, prime minister 1915-23

This is a black-and-white photograph of William Morris Hughes, Australia's seventh prime minister. The photograph shows him wearing a white shirt with a tie and sporting a moustache. He is facing the camera.

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Ben Chifley, prime minister 1945-49

This is a black-and-white photograph of Ben Chifley, Australia's sixteenth prime minister. It shows him looking down towards the camera while holding his pipe.

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Chris Watson, prime minister 1904

This is a black-and-white photograph of Chris Watson, Australia's third prime minister. He is bearded, and wearing a white shirt and striped tie with a vest. He is facing the camera.