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Words as weapons: speech-making and democracy

Have you heard the term 'freedom of speech' or thought about how speaking in public or public speaking could be linked to freedom? Find out how these words are linked as you listen to this audio program, which considers the importance of speaking in public to the history of democracy in the USA.

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Discovering democracy: Australia and Britain

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore Australia’s relationship with Britain in the decades leading up to Federation. Examine the arguments of those who supported republicanism and those who saw support of the 'mother country' as central to Australian policies. Find out about the conflicts Australia was ...

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Biography: Federation people: Louisa Lawson

IInvestigate the feminist Louisa Lawson's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Lawson: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how she was visually depicted in her time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

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Biography: Federation people: Livingston Hopkins

Investigate cartoonist Livingston Hopkins's role in Australia's Federation movement. Examine two different types of biographies of Hopkins: 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 ...


Backchat Episode 215, 1988: This is treason

This clip shows a section of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) television series 'Backchat'. Host Tim Bowden talks about a previously broadcast humorous song that promoted the idea of an Australian republic, 'Sack The Jack', and a clip from the song is then played. Viewers' comments are read out, and these are ...


'Australia wants to dance too', 1889

This composite image shows two views of a green rendered cartoon; the full view is superimposed over an enlarged detail. The cartoon depicts the 1880s republican debate in Australia as a 'dance' for independence. It shows three figures in a forest clearing: Uncle Sam, his hat labelled 'July 4th. 1776', dances with a female ...


'Great public meeting of loyalists', 1887

This sepia composite image shows a set of six illustration panels superimposed over an enlarged detail of the final panel. The illustrations depict a huge public meeting held in Sydney on 15 June 1887 to affirm New South Wales's loyalty to the Crown, and the melee between republicans and loyalists that took place at the ...


Australia in danger from imperialist wars, 1889

This is a composite image of a cartoon from the cover of the Boomerang newspaper depicting Australia as a young woman gazing in horror at a bar room scene. The leaders of Europe and Britain are shown intoxicating their shackled peoples by offering bottles of liquor representing imperialist war. 'Australia' is backed against ...

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An Australian republic? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about whether Australia should become a republic and, if so, how the new head of state should be chosen and the powers that person should have. Intended for middle and upper secondary students, the unit is organised around five areas of investigation. These involve: students researching ...

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A look at constitutional convention delegates - teacher resource

This is a teaching and learning strategy about two Australian constitutional conventions; the first held in 1891 and the second in 1998. The 1891 National Australasian Convention is examined through a 'mystery photograph' of delegates. The 1998 convention to consider an Australian republic is examined through three research ...

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Making a Nation: changing the Constitution

This interactive resource looks at the creation of the Australian Constitution and then explores the process used to change it - referendum. Information on several referendums is presented (1910, 1937, 1967, 1984) but, in a case study, students investigate the 1951 anti-communism referendum in more detail. The seven activities ...