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The Australian Parliament

This website resource is a teacher reference about the Australian Parliament, its constituent parts and how it works. It describes in general terms the movement towards Federation then looks at the symbols and emblems subsequently adopted by the Commonwealth of Australia. The resource includes a list of the democratic rights ...

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Federal Convention, 1897 - item 2

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken inside the chamber of the House of Assembly of the South Australian Parliament, of delegates attending a session of the Australasian Federal Convention. The delegates are assembled on either side of the high-walled chamber. This is one of about 25 photographs, 21 cm x 25 cm or ...

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Alfred Deakin, prime minister 1903-04, 1905-08, 1909-10

This is a black-and-white photograph of Alfred Deakin, Australia's second prime minister. It shows him wearing a white shirt and tie, with a vest. He is facing the camera and appears to be writing with a feathered quill.

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Andrew Fisher, prime minister 1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15

This is a black-and-white photograph of Andrew Fisher, Australia’s fifth prime minister. The photograph shows him wearing a white shirt with a vest and sporting a moustache. He is facing the camera.

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State, territory and Australian parliaments

This website is about the parliaments of the states and territories of Australia, as well as the Australian Parliament. It describes the different origins of the colonies and their movement to self-government during the 19th century, and subsequent federation into one nation in 1901. The resource describes the structures, ...

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Balance of power

Who decides what laws will be passed in Australia's parliament? See what can happen when a small number of politicians hold the balance of power. Find out how larger political parties have to convince independent politicians and members of minor parties to join their side to either support or object to a bill.

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Australia's first federal parliament

This is a collection of 19 digital curriculum resources focusing on Australia's first federal parliament, which sat in Melbourne from May 1901 until October 1902. The collection is organised into four categories - opening the first federal parliament; the first prime minister; the first Barton ministry; and the parliament's ...

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Opening of Parliament House, Canberra, 1927 - asset 1

This is a photograph taken during the opening of Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) in Canberra on 9 May 1927. Dame Nellie Melba, the famous Australian opera singer, is shown singing the national anthem, 'God save the King', at the far left. Next to her are the Australian Prime Minister, Stanley Bruce, and his ...

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Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 1

This is a colour photograph that shows Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr. The photograph was taken on the lawns ...

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Gough Whitlam outside Parliament House on 11 November 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows Prime Minister Gough Whitlam speaking on the steps of the then Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) on 11 November 1975 after Governor-General Sir John Kerr had revoked Whitlam's commission to form a government - an event that has become known as 'the dismissal'. A ...

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Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph of Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

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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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Ben Chifley's Australia, 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 of 1949 is a Screen Australia Making History production, made ...

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John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge, 2007

Prime Minister John Curtin's journalistic instincts came in handy during World War II when he kept the media onside with secret press briefings. He wore his AJA badge every day he was in office. 'John Curtin's Australian Journalists Association badge' is an episode from the series 'The prime ministers' national treasures', ...

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Passing a bill in parliament

How is a law made by an Australian parliament? This analogy of a battle plan and General Bill demonstrates the process of a political bill passing through the two houses of parliament on its journey to being made law.

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Biography: Federation people: Thomas Playford

Investigate Thomas Playford's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Playford: 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 Watson

Investigate the role of the first Labor prime minister, John (Chris) Watson, in the events leading up to, and following, Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Watson: 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 ...

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Joseph and Enid Lyons with the Duke of Gloucester, 1934

This black-and-white photograph shows prime minister Joseph Lyons and his wife Enid standing on either side of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. The photograph was taken on 24 October 1934 outside an entrance to The Lodge, the prime minister's residence in Canberra. All three are dressed formally, Enid Lyons with hat and ...

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George Reid

This is a collection of 14 digital curriculum resources focusing on the career of influential Australian politician George Reid (1845-1918). The collection is organised into four categories: Reid as an equivocal supporter of Federation; Reid as a federal politician; Reid as Australian prime minister; and Reid as Australia's ...

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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 ...