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Cover of The Reformer journal, 1905

This is the cover of an edition of a journal, titled The Reformer, dated 31 August 1905. The cover describes it as 'A FORTNIGHTLY JOURNAL FOR PRODUCERS' and includes the text 'SPECIAL ISSUE. THE HARVESTER QUESTION'. Below this text is a cartoon depicting two figures - industrialist Hugh Victor McKay on the left, and on ...

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Discovering democracy: people and events of the first parliament

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the role of particular individuals who were involved in not only the ceremonies but also the business of Australia’s first parliament. Investigate the library to find out more about the issues which the first parliament dealt with and its response to these issues. ...

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'The claim disputed', c1852

This is a watercolour, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.4 cm, by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), a famous colonial artist. It shows a well-dressed man - presumably the Gold Commissioner - arbitrating a dispute over a claim involving three diggers, probably on the Victorian gold fields. Two of the diggers are in animated discussion ...

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 1

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945.

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Prices and the People, 1948: Prices and wages

This black-and-white clip shows a series of dramatisations to indicate that working-class people are unable to afford basic goods, and includes actuality footage that shows workers protesting against low wages and increasing prices. In the final scenes of the clip manufacturers are shown being given approval to raise prices ...

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Prices and the People, 1948: Who gets the profits?

This black-and-white clip uses actuality and dramatised footage accompanied by narration to argue that rising prices are lowering living standards for ordinary Australians and widening the gap between the socioeconomic classes. Footage of an elderly pensioner subsisting on a meagre pension is contrasted with dramatised ...

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Balancing the options: wildlife park

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...

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Balancing the options: aged care

Help a local council to investigate community attitudes to a proposed retirement village. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, retirees' families and the developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...

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Balancing the options: tourist resort

Help a local council to investigate community attitudes to a proposed tourist resort. Gather facts and opinions from residents, environmentalists and park management. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. This learning ...

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Balancing the options: opinion organiser

Use a tool to compare survey responses of groups of people. Identify three possible options and stakeholder groups. Adjust sliders to show how positively each stakeholder rates each option. Compare results, then choose the option that best meets the preferences of all groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation. ...

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Know your rights: three missions

Travel through Western Australia to get to a music festival. Earn money to pay for travel costs. Meet a range of people along the way who may help you or cause problems. Resolve three situations where human rights are not being respected. Refer to extracts from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For ...

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Know your rights: five missions

Travel through Western Australia to get to a music festival. Earn money to pay for travel costs. Meet a range of people along the way who may help you or cause problems. Resolve five situations where human rights are not being respected. Refer to extracts from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For ...

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Maggie O'Rourke: Eureka Stockade

Investigate events that led to the miners' uprising in Ballarat in 1854. Help a teenage girl to understand why her brother wants to join the miners in the Eureka Stockade and protest against the government. Browse background notes and interviews of several characters. Do a SWOT analysis to decide whether or not to support ...

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Making a difference: Yagan

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Yagan, a Noongar leader who lived in the Swan River region of Western Australia (c.1795–1833). Trace his story, including his conflicts with settlers and efforts to protect his people. Investigate how the government of the time handled ...

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Your rules: in the park

Explore social issues in a park such as cleaning up after your pet dog. Identify actions to help children get along better. Look for positive ideas where children play well together and respect social values. Identify personal safety issues. Review a set of rules for socially responsible and desirable behaviour. This learning ...

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Your rules: in the supermarket

Explore social issues in a supermarket such as nagging adults for treats. Identify actions of children and adults which promote harmony. Identify personal safety issues. Look for ideas where children can positively interact with adults. Review a set of rules for socially responsible and desirable behaviour. This learning ...

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Your charter: outside the school

Investigate five problems outside a school such as students pushing each other while waiting for the bus. Identify actions to help everyone take care outside the school. Look for positive ideas where people work together to solve problems. Choose rules for a charter for outside the school and rank them in order of importance. ...

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Balancing the options: wildlife park [ESL]

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed wildlife park. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, wildlife supporters and the park developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.

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Balancing the options: aged care [ESL]

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed aged care facility. Gather facts and opinions from local residents, retirees' families and the property developer. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses issues raised by all of the interest groups. Explain the reasons for your ...

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Balancing the options: tourist resort [ESL]

Help a local council to investigate differences of opinion about a proposed tourist resort. Gather facts and opinions from residents, environmentalists and the property developers. Compare options, then choose the plan that best addresses the issues raised by the different interest groups. Explain the reasons for your ...