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Prime Minister Paul Keating visits Indonesia

If a country is potentially guilty of human rights abuses, is it better to shun it, or welcome it back into the international fold? On his first overseas journey as prime minister, Paul Keating arrives in Indonesia in 1992 to meet with president Suharto, determined to improve relations between the two countries.

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Unscrambling acronyms – Australia-Japan relations

This learning sequence explores significant international relations between Australia and Japan as understood through a collection of major treaties, organisations and rulings. After unscrambling the acronyms, students take on the role of an historian to offer a considered understanding of the continuity and change evidenced ...

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Murray-Darling Basin: competing needs

The health of Australia's massive Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) has long been a concern. Competing needs and politics have created fierce debate about how the problems of this river system should be tackled. Find out some of the points of view about the federal government's plan for the Basin (the Basin Plan), in November 2012.

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African Americans demand change, 1968

Imagine that, like many African Americans growing up before the sweeping changes in America in the 1960s, you cannot eat alongside white people, go to white schools, or even ride in the same part of a public bus, even though slavery was abolished more than a century before. This 1968 clip explores the experience of Mae ...

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 1

Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia in 1973 to meet with president Suharto. During his visit, the prime minister talks to the Indonesian president about improving the relationship between the two countries, by - amongst other things - creating a new grouping of Asian and Pacific nations including Australia.

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Classroom Antarctica: Who owns Antarctica?

This learning sequence includes an inquiry into factors or events that have influenced Australia’s connection to Antarctica. It investigates Australia’s involvement in the early exploration of the Antarctic region and which countries have laid claim to Antarctica. Activities explore the treaty is in place to protect Antarctica ...

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Gough Whitlam visits Indonesia - part 2

How do you feel when your good ideas are rejected? Is it worse when you're the leader of a country? On his first visit to Indonesia in 1973, Australia's prime minister, Gough Whitlam, finds his proposal for greater regional cooperation rejected. He takes the opportunity of an address to Indonesia's parliament to affirm ...

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Australians as global citizens

How is Australia connected globally? Watch as presenter Jeremy Fernandez uses a range of data sources to describe Australia's position in the world. From the economy to immigration, this clip shows some of the ways Australia currently connects with the world.

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Melbourne moratorium against Vietnam War

It's 1970 and the streets of Melbourne are clogged with protesters who want to end Australia's support for the Vietnam war. But they are not the only ones who have turned out. There are those who support the war, curious onlookers, and members of the press. The different views of those in attendance hint at the unrest caused, ...

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Sukarno's rise to power

What happens to the fate of individual countries following a world war? After the end of World War II, the Dutch abandon Indonesia, their former colony. This leaves room for a home-grown hero named Sukarno to return from exile and take the reins. The clip shows the swearing in of Sukarno and the flying of the flag of the ...

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Megawati Sukarnoputri campaigns for Parliament

Discover what happened when Megawati Sukarnoputri, a member of Indonesia's Democratic Party, took on the country's political leadership in 1995. For the country's Muslim majority and those who were tired of the Suharto regime, Megawati Sukarnoputri and her political party represented the nation's best chance of establishing ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernization', 1868-1912 - essay by John Dower

This is a highly readable and informative historical essay about Japan's internal modernisation and Westernisation by John Dower, Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains four chapters and is richly illustrated with 21 Japanese woodblock prints and one Italian lithograph. The chapters ...

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Konfrontasi: Indonesia's undeclared war

How do you distract your citizens from the hardships they face? You give them a common enemy. This clip from 1966 reveals the way in which President Sukarno rallied Indonesians behind an undeclared war against Malaysia, which he painted as a puppet of the United Kingdom.

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President Suharto announces his retirement

Can you imagine living under the same ruler for more than 30 years? In 1994, President Suharto ended decades of controversy when he announced that he would retire in four years, at the end of his current term in office. This clip presents the range of possible successors but it is suggested that the next leader will probably ...

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President Sukarno faces political unrest

How long can a president last in the top job when those in the government want him out? In this 1967 news clip, Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, is faced with political opposition. While he is still popular with the people, politicians speculate that he may not be in the job for long. Although Sukarno puts on a brave ...

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Jim Stewart recalls the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Jim Stewart, a former commanding officer of the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam (AATTV), explaining how the AATTV trained units of the South Vietnamese Army (SVA) and militia forces. Stewart describes the duties of AATTV members, recalling the difficulty of the language barrier ...

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Towards World War II: appeasing the fascists

In 1935 and '37, Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons met Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. Lyons supported the international policy of 'appeasement', which sought to avoid a second world war by placating the demands of fascist leaders such as Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Neither Lyons's diplomacy or the notion ...

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Yellow promise, yellow peril: foreign postcards of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05

This is a collection of online materials showing how picture postcards of the time presented the Russo-Japanese War and the Japanese combatants to the European public. The materials consist of: an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; seven sets of postcards; a database of information about all 1905 postcards contained ...

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Public reactions to sending troops to Vietnam War

Do you think Australian governments have always acted wisely when deciding to send young Australians to wars? Does the public usually know enough to support such decisions? On 29 April 1965, Australia's prime minister, Robert Menzies, announced the decision to send Australian troops to fight in Vietnam. In this clip, filmed ...

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Impact of Javanese expansion on Irian Jaya

In the modern world, is it possible to protect an indigenous culture from population growth and economic expansion? This 1995 news report explains that, as migrants make their way from Java to Irian Jaya and mining companies seek to exploit the land, the traditional life of the indigenous Dani people is under threat.