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The Conversation: the Australian Constitution

A series of explanatory articles about how the Australian constitution is interpreted and its impact on the legal system and legislature. The series includes practical examples of when and how it has been applied, constitutional challenges including the issues surrounding indigenous recognition. Articles are authored by ...

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Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

This is a resource about the Magna Carta (Great Charter) agreed between King John and his rebellious barons in 1215 and its influence on the development of human rights and democratic freedoms to the present day. The resource consists of: an animated infographic ‘Tell the story’ with hyperlinks to further information; an ...

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How many times am I represented? - unit of work

This is a short unit of work of two extended lessons about representation in Australian federal and state/territory parliaments. The unit aims to ensure that students realise there are similarities and differences in representation at each level and between the states and territories. The pedagogical approach is inquiry-based ...

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An introduction to human rights and responsibilities

This is a unit of work for years 5 and 6 on human rights, the responsibilities that accompany them, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The unit consists of two interactive lessons for students and a teacher lesson plan, also in two parts. The interactive lessons include quizzes, short answer and ...

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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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Discovering democracy: parliament versus monarch

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the tension between parliament and the monarch in Britain in the 17th century. See how that led to a lessening of the powers of the British monarchy. Learn about constitutional monarchy in Britain and Australia today. Complete a related task.

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Discovering democracy: getting things done

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore how change can be bought about by people taking action and putting pressure on their elected representatives. The issue of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania is used as a case study. Complete a related task.

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Discovering democracy: should the people rule?

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the development of systems of government, from early democracy in Athens (where all 'citizens', a small proportion of the population, could vote), through the oligarchy in Sparta and direct democracy in Switzerland to Australia’s system of representative democracy. ...

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Discovering democracy: parties control parliament

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the role political parties and independents have in Australia. Learn about some of fundamental principles underpinning the major parties. Complete a related task.