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Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: 'The golden age', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Liberal Party made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement uses footage of flocks of sheep and horses ploughing the land and of working factories to present a view of a young, fertile and vigorous Australia exporting its surplus to other countries. The advertisement contrasts ...

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Edmund Barton, prime minister 1901-03

This is a black-and-white photograph of Edmund Barton which introduces a range of online materials about his life and various roles as a politician, advocate for federation and High Court justice. The photograph was taken during his term as Australia's first prime minister. He is wearing a waistcoat and suit and is facing ...

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ALP cinema advertisement: 'In the Wake of the Storm', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Australian Labor Party, made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement presents Prime Minister Ben Chifley as the man who can steer Australia through the dangers of inflation to prosperity. Reminding viewers of Labor's leadership in the Second World War, the clip shows dramatic ...

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Whitlam: visit to Bendigo and Eaglehawk, 1973

These two clips are from a BCV-TV news report showing Edward Gough Whitlam (1916-), the first Labor prime minister in 23 years, visiting Bendigo and Eaglehawk in Victoria to lend support to the Victorian Labor Party's campaign for the May 1973 state elections. The first clip shows the prime minister and his wife being welcomed ...

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Empowering women in Malawi

When Nolia Jere's husband died, she was forced to leave her children, home and farm to her husband's family. After refusing to marry her husband's brother, Nolia had no status, and was forced into poverty and being a servant for her brother's family. See how she was able to address injustice after participating in Action ...

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The 1967 Referendum - unit of work

In this unit of work students investigate the causes and effects of the 1967 Referendum. They identify what constitutes citizenship and citizen rights, and look at some of the differences between the civil rights of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians prior to the 1967 Referendum. They also investigate the process ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Outside a polling booth

This is a colour photograph of a polling booth at a local school in a remote Australian town on federal election day, 1 December 1984. Volunteers from political parties stand outside the polling booth distributing how-to-vote cards to voters. The volunteers have also displayed posters of the leaders of their parties, including ...

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Election leaflet for Kath Walker, 1969

This is a campaign leaflet promoting the well-known Aboriginal poet and activist, Kath Walker (later known as Oodgeroo Noonuccal), when she stood in the 17 May 1969 Queensland election as the Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidate for the electorate of Greenslopes in the south-eastern suburbs of Brisbane. It lists Walker's ...

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Ben Chifley: the aftermath of the miners' strike, 2008

This clip is an excerpt from the documentary 'Infamous victory: Ben Chifley's battle for coal', produced in 2008. This documentary about coal, communism and the Australian Labor prime minister who went to war against his own during the national miners' strike is a Screen Australia Making History production, made in association ...

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Talkback Classroom, 2007: Yirrkala bark petition

In this clip Franchesca Cubillo (senior curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) talks to secondary students about the significance of Aboriginal artwork and the Yirrkala bark petition of 1963. She says that when a bauxite mine was proposed on the Gove Pensinsula, the Yolngu people at Yirrkala had ...

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Take a vote: make it fair

Look at voting patterns when students elect a school captain. Notice that the election result may be influenced by unfair behaviour. Think about the effects of bribes, multiple votes, biased counting, non-secret ballots and optional voting. Choose rules needed to ensure a fair election. This learning object is the first ...

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Take a vote: democracy

Look at voting patterns when students elect a school captain. Notice that the election result may be influenced by unfair behaviour. Comment on the effects of bribes, multiple votes, biased counting, non-secret ballots and optional voting. Choose rules necessary to ensure a fair election. Compare the principles of fair ...

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Case for 'Yes' in the 1967 Indigenous referendum

These two pages set out the official case for voting 'yes' in the 1967 referendum on changing the wording in two sections, 51 and 127, of the Australian Constitution in relation to Indigenous Australians. The pages, part of a statement sent out to all eligible voters, summarise arguments in favour of altering the constitution ...

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Anthem - An Act of Sedition, 2004: The trauma of Bali

This clip shows scenes of a memorial service for victims of the Bali bombings, held in October 2002 in Canberra. The then prime minister, John Howard, opposition leader Simon Crean and General Peter Cosgrove all appear. Brian Deegan, whose son Josh was killed in the bombings, argues against the Howard government's response ...

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Anthem - An Act of Sedition, 2004: MV Tampa and September 11

This clip presents an interpretation of the Howard government's response to the arrival of refugees in Australian waters on the MV Tampa in August 2001. The narration states that John Howard had often used scare tactics for his political advantage and that the refugees were now to be used in a 'race election'. Views defending ...

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Royal Commission of Assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900

This document, titled Royal Commission of Assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900, was signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900. The Queen's assent enacted the Australian Constitution, founding the Commonwealth of Australia. It is a single sheet of vellum measuring 51 cm x 66 cm. The name Muir McKenzie ...

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Letters Patent constituting the office of governor-general of Australia, 1900

This document, signed by Queen Victoria on 29 October 1900, established the office of the governor-general of Australia. Known as the 'Letters Patent', it comprises two large pages of parchment measuring 60 cm x 58 cm with an elaborately decorated border that includes the royal coat of arms and figures representing justice, ...

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After Mabo, 1997: Law stick

The clip shows the Howard government's response to the Wik decision of 23 December 1996 and Indigenous responses to the government's signals that there would be further amendments to the Native Title Act 1993. It shows part of the Aboriginal Land Councils' Wik Summit in 1997. Wik Elder Jean George calls for justice and ...

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Women voting in Auckland, 1899

This is a black-and-white photograph showing men and women voters lined up at a polling booth at the Drill Hall in Rutland Street, Auckland, to vote in the 1899 New Zealand parliamentary elections. The photograph is taken from an elevated position facing the entrance of the Drill Hall where the crowd converges in two lines ...

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Hughes and the Yes case, 1916

This is a silent black-and-white political advertisement that aimed to convince the Australian people to vote 'yes' at the first referendum on the issue of conscription for active military service held on 28 October 1916. Images of Prime Minister W M (Billy) Hughes speaking in front of a trellis fence are interspersed with ...