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Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, 1932-34

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, a Yolgnu elder from north-east Arnhem Land and the first Indigenous Australian whose case was considered by the High Court. The collection is introduced by the newspaper cuttings, seen here, which link to a richly documented account of the ...

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Justices of the first High Court, 1903

This black-and-white photograph shows the three original judges of the High Court of Australia with two court officials standing behind them. Seated from left to right are Justice Sir Edmund Barton, Chief Justice Sir Samuel Griffith and Justice Richard O'Connor. The photograph was taken outside the Supreme Court of Victoria ...

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The Highest Court, 1998: 'We all have lives'

This clip shows part of a discussion between an interviewer and five judges of the High Court of Australia, in which the judges talk about how, despite their positions, they are not remote but have remained engaged in everyday life through connections with family and community. The discussion includes justices Mary Gaudron, ...

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Judge Kevin Parker outlines the complexity of the ICTY process, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Kevin Parker, vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), outlining the size and complexity of cases heard by the Tribunal. He says every case involves working in at least three languages to accommodate victims, witnesses, accused, lawyers ...

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Biography: Federation people: Josiah Symon

Investigate prominent lawyer Josiah Symon's role in Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Symon: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: John Want

Investigate John (Jack) Want's role as an opponent of Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Want: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Representations of Ned Kelly - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, students evaluate the accuracy, reliability and representativeness of the way popular culture depicts historical figures like Ned Kelly. A variety of digital resources is used to help students decide if Ned Kelly was a hero or a villain. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Four Corners: Fixing Cricket, 2000: The root of all evil

This clip shows the alleged failure of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and subsequently of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to thoroughly investigate accusations of match fixing in Indian cricket in a 1997 inquiry. The money involved in Indian cricket is described as the reason why the inquiry's ...

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Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, c1946

This black-and-white photograph shows Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, deputy prime minister, attorney-general and minister for external affairs. Taken in close-up, Evatt is seen smiling and holding a pencil in the air. He is wearing large glasses and a three-piece suit. The photograph was taken by the Commonwealth Department of ...

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Edmund Barton

This is a collection of 18 digital curriculum resources focusing on the career of Edmund Barton, Australia's first prime minister. It is organised into four groups of resources - an architect of Federation; the first prime minister; Barton and the first federal parliament; and a justice of the High Court. The collection ...

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The trial of Ned Kelly in Melbourne, 1880

This is an illustration of a courtroom scene from Ned Kelly's trial in the Central Criminal Court, Melbourne, Victoria, in October 1880. It shows the judge, Sir Redmond Barry, sitting at the bench, on the left, and the two lawyers, Mr Smyth representing the Crown and Mr Bindon representing Kelly, standing to the right of ...

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The Highest Court, 1998: Australia's constitution

This clip shows black-and-white footage of the 1901 Federation ceremony at which Australia's constitution came into effect, as well as photographs of pages from the constitution document and aerial footage (in colour) of Parliament House and the High Court building in Canberra. A narrator explains that the Australian constitution ...

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Message Stick - Koori Court, 2005: Circle justice

This clip explains the legal parameters, personnel and physical layout involved in sentencing in a Koori court in Victoria. Footage of broken glass and an ambulance is followed by an interview with Magistrate Ann Collins, who describes her role and elements of the court. An interview follows with Elders Aunty Frances Gallagher ...

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Message Stick - Koori Court, 2005: Overrepresentation

This clip gives the background to the establishment in 2002 of the Koori court in Victoria. A narrator describes the origins of the court over footage of a Koori community viewed from a car. This is followed by scenes of Indigenous prison inmates, the cover of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement and the interior ...

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Judge Kevin Parker discusses grave human rights violations, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Kevin Parker, vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), describing his response to the extent and gravity of war crimes and other human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. Suggesting that such crimes can be committed ...

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Judge Kevin Parker outlines the development of humanitarian law, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Kevin Parker, vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), describing how international law dealing with human rights violations was developed from the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals set up after the end of the Second World War. He explains how ...

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Judge Kevin Parker talks about 'beyond reasonable doubt', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Kevin Parker, vice-president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), outlining the process of reaching a judgement. Parker stresses that a guilty verdict can only be based on a case being proven 'beyond reasonable doubt' through evidence brought before ...

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Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda

This is a rich resource about Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, a Yolgnu Elder from north-eastern Arnhem Land and the first Aboriginal person whose case was considered by the High Court. Developed by the National Archives of Australia, the resource includes a historical account of the context, circumstances and aftermath of the case ...

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Year 7: Designing our political and legal system

This collection of resource sheets for students and teachers explores the foundations of Australia's legal system including the Westminster system and the rule of law. They also investigate key features of the Australian system and how it is shaped through the Australian Constitution. The resources are designed to provide ...

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Year 8: democracy and law in action

This collection of resource sheets for students and teachers support investigations of the types of law in Australian and how laws are made through parliament and the courts. Activities introduce the concept of customary law and different perspectives about Australia's national identity. The resources are designed to provide ...