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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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Persuading a 'generous, open-hearted people'

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the USA reverberated throughout the world. As far away as Australia, they shaped national policies and the rhetoric used to promote them. Explore the influence of these events on the 2001 Liberal Party policy launch, delivered by former Prime Minister John Howard.

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Australia decides: monarchy or republic?

A constitution is the set of rules under which a country is governed. Do you know what a referendum is or what it means to be a constitutional monarchy or a republic? In 1999, Australian voters decided whether the nation would remain a constitutional monarchy or become a republic. Watch as ordinary Australians express their ...

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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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The 1998 waterfront dispute and Australian values

Imagine being locked out of your job and told it was because you were a member of a union. This is what happened to 1400 waterside workers, members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), on 7 April 1998. The dispute that resulted was one of the most bitter in Australian history. Watch as ABC's 7.30 Report covers events ...

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The power of speech

Examine speech as performance in this collection. Investigate the use of rhetorical devices as you watch these videos of speakers, who range from Winston Churchill to Josh Thomas. In most instances, a rhetorical device is identified in each clip, but each clip may hold more than one device. See the PDF at panel 13 for a ...

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The power of speech

Examine speech as performance in this collection. Investigate the use of rhetorical devices as you watch these videos of speakers, who range from Winston Churchill to Josh Thomas. In most instances, a rhetorical device is identified in each clip, but each clip may hold more than one device. See the PDF at panel 13 for a ...

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Trevor Smith discusses dealing with droughts, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Trevor Smith, a wheat and sheep farmer in the Forbes area of central New South Wales. He explains what it is like being a farmer who has to deal with a prolonged period of drought. Smith tells of the financial strains on farming businesses and the psychological strains on individual ...

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The cost of the Iraq War

What are the real costs of war? Is military success all that matters when deciding whether the outcome of a war is successful? In March 2003, US President George W Bush sent military forces into Iraq to find and destroy reported weapons of mass destruction, and to end the regime of President Saddam Hussein. Although the ...

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Wishball challenge: tens

Challenge your understanding of place value in whole numbers up to 99. Receive a starting number, such as 86, and work towards turning it into a target number, such as 18, within 20 turns. Spin a random digit, choose its decimal place value and use the given operation (either addition or subtraction) on your starting number. ...

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Wishball: hundreds

Test your understanding of place value with three-digit numbers. Start with a three-digit whole number such as 507. A spinner provides a randomly generated digit. Choose its place value and add it to (or subtract it from) your starting number. Work towards a given target number, say 539, using other digits. You can choose ...

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Wishball challenge: hundreds

Challenge your understanding of place value in whole numbers up to 999. Receive a starting number, such as 328, and work towards turning it into a target number, such as 177, within 20 turns. Spin a random digit, choose its decimal place value and use the given operation (either addition or subtraction) on your starting ...

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'Opening of the Free Chapel at Angaston, German Pass', 1844

This is a hand-coloured lithograph print of a drawing by George French Angas (1822-86). It shows a group of men and women, dressed in their Sunday best, picnicking on a slope in front of a small stone chapel in the hills of the Barossa Valley, South Australia, in 1844. The chapel is the only structure in an open woodland ...