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Fish market

Buy and sell fish in trading markets in a range of Australian and New Zealand cities. Compare market prices, supply and demand. Get to know other traders to find the best deals and discover new markets. Find a rare fish. Maximise your profit and reputation as a smart trader. This learning object is the last in a series ...

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Buds: level 2

Help a farmer to win an award for business innovation. Start out by farming fresh flowers and selling them. Think creatively to find new market opportunities and meet demand. Decide when to use equipment to make different products such as compost and pressed flowers. This activity is a medium level of complexity in a series ...

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Buds: level 3

Help a farmer to win an award for business innovation. Start out by farming fresh flowers and selling them. Think creatively to find new market opportunities and meet demand. Earn enough money to invest in new equipment and make different products such as perfume and compost. This activity is the most complex in a series ...

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Down to Earth: metals matter

Examine everyday things around a house to find out which metals they contain. For example, the inner part of a microwave oven contains aluminium, copper, iron and manganese. Investigate the properties of each metal to explain why they are suited to particular uses. Work out how much of each metal is needed to make a particular ...

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'Bananas' cartoon by John Farmer, 2006

This cartoon by John Farmer is about a sudden rise in the cost of bananas and the effect of that increase on Australia's inflation rate. It shows B1 from the ABC television series 'Bananas in Pyjamas' holding a newspaper with the headline 'Bananas responsible for inflation rise'. B1 says to an innocent looking B2, 'What ...

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Overland Adventure - The Redex Reliability Trial, 1954: Not for Sunday drivers

This black-and-white clip from Cinesound's documentary 'Overland Adventure' shows scenes of the Townsville to Mount Isa section of the epic Redex Round Australia Endurance Trial of 1954. Early scenes show cars navigating dusty unsealed bush roads. An assortment of competing cars is then shown dealing with dry and wet creek ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 1

This is a segment of a black-and-white film produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 titled 'Mineral wealth'. The commentary is backed by light organ music. On the title, the words 'MINERAL WEALTH' frame a spinning globe upon which a large pound sign appears. This is followed by the words 'AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 13

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film titled 'Mineral wealth', produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 to highlight Australia's mineral wealth. The commentary is backed by light organ music. In the opening sequence, the camera pans over the Mount Lyell copper and tin mine and its surrounds, showing ...

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Sales promotion leaflet for Victa dealers, 1970 - asset 1

This is a page from the Victa dealers’ leaflet of 1970. The page contains a large graph in the top left corner. There are three columns of text with large headings such as 'Advertise Now', describing the sales process. The fictional Victa representative, 'Lawna Green', is shown in a variety of poses around the text.

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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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Prices and the People, 1948: Costs and profits - how price grows

This black-and-white clip consists mostly of a series of cartoons and a handwritten table that illustrate how the profit margin added on by manufacturers, then by wholesalers and finally by retailers inflates the cost of goods. The narrator says that price controls would protect people from this 'daylight robbery' and suggests ...

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Start a business: location and type

Start up a retail business such as a sports, electronics or clothes shop. Investigate the spending habits of local people, the location of competitors and shop sites available for rent. Choose the business type and location most likely to succeed. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Start a business: location

Choose the best location to start up a retail business in electronics. Investigate the spending habits of local people, the location of competitors and shop sites available for rent. Choose the rental location where the business is most likely to succeed.This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Start a business: type

Start up a retail business at a given location. Choose a shop type such as sports, electronics or clothes. Investigate the spending habits of local people and the location of competitors. Choose the type of business most likely to succeed. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Café consultant: attract customers

Test market demand for a café business. Survey customers and record their preferences for menu items, opening hours, look and feel. Identify the business choices most likely to succeed. For example, open a bright and funky café at dinner time serving omelettes, muffins and stir-fry dishes. Look closely at sales figures ...

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Café consultant: attract customer groups

Test market demand for a café business. Survey customers representing market groups and record their preferences for menu items, opening hours, look and feel. Identify the business choices most likely to succeed. For example, open a bright and funky café at dinner time serving omelettes, muffins and stir-fry dishes. Look ...

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Café consultant: spending habits

Test market demand and local competition for a café business. Survey customers representing market groups and record their preferences for menu items, opening hours, look and feel, and the amount they have to spend. Investigate similar cafés already operating. Identify the business choices most likely to succeed. For example, ...

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Muffin bakery: price and volume

Run a shop which bakes muffins. Investigate the fixed costs and variable costs involved in production. Look at how gross profit and net profit are calculated. Examine the effects of unsold stock on profit. Maximise profit by working out the best combination of production volume and price. Look closely at sales figures and ...

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Beth Murray: the people behind the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Help a young historian to make an exhibit celebrating 50 years since work started on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. Explore a timeline describing how people conceived, planned and built the ambitious project. Sort photos into three categories: visionaries, planners and workers. Write headings and scene descriptions ...