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Fish stocks: three points of view

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of banning commercial fishing in a coastal community. Review three points of view on the issue and the arguments that support them. Gather opinions from local residents such as a fisherman, an environmental scientist and a supermarket owner. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, ...

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Fish stocks: two points of view

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of banning commercial fishing in a coastal community. Review two points of view on the issue and the arguments that support them. Gather opinions from local residents such as a fisherman, an environmental scientist and a supermarket owner. Consider issues of ecological sustainability, ...

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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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Frogs - unit of work

This unit of work focuses on the important role frogs play in their terrestrial ecosystems and why they are considered ‘environmental indicators’. Students will investigate factors threatening frog populations and develop an action plan to increase the diversity of frog species in their local area.

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About frogs - unit of work

Students examine the characteristics and diversity of frog species in their local area.

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Frogs as environmental indicators - unit of work

Students examine the important role frogs play in their terrestrial ecosystems and why they are considered ‘environmental indicators’.

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Logging trucks blockade Parliament House, Canberra, 1995

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Reg Alder in January 1995, of logging trucks involved in a blockade of Parliament House in Canberra. The trucks are large articulated units and one has a banner attached referring to the timber industry. The protest was a reaction against the Australian ...

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Wamsley's War, 2000: Cat hat

This clip shows John Wamsley, founder of Earth Sanctuaries, talking about his controversial hat made from feral cat skins, and how the hat was instrumental in his campaign to make it legal for operators of wildlife sanctuaries to destroy cats found on their property. Archival footage shows Wamsley at an official function, ...

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Storm Boy, 1976: 'You run like a blackfella!'

This clip shows Mike Kingsley (Greg Rowe) meeting 'Fingerbone' Bill (David Gulpilil) in the Coorong wetlands, after Bill drives away two illegal hunters. Fingerbone Bill tells Mike 'You run like a blackfella' and dubs him 'Storm Boy'. The two trek through the wetland to see if the hunters have shot anything and discover ...

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Storm Boy, 1976: 'Wild things should be free'

This clip shows 'Hideaway' Tom Kingsley (Peter Cummins) trying to comfort a despondent 'Storm Boy' (Greg Rowe) after he has released the pelican Mr Percival into the wild. As Tom gruffly explains to his son that wild things should be free, Mr Percival's call is heard. Storm Boy rushes up the beach toward the bird, while ...

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Loggerheads, c1990: Forest justification

This clip shows environmentalist Bill Mollison explaining why he believes it is important to conserve Australia's forests. Mollison, a former timber industry worker and now a leading advocate of permaculture, argues that forests create soil, purify the air and play a vital role in the water cycle and the prevention of drought. ...

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'Don't flood the Franklin!', 1979

This is a black-and-white photograph of the conservationist Dr Bob Brown, taken in Hobart, Tasmania, on 18 October 1979. He is holding a poster produced as part of a campaign against the plan to build a hydro-electric dam that would have flooded the Franklin River. The text on the poster reads: 'DON'T FLOOD THE FRANKLIN! ...

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Paper Trail, the Life and Times of a Woodchip, 1991: Paper consumption

This clip shows how the consumption of paper is increasing. A voice-over narration reveals that the first paper was made 5,000 years ago in Egypt and that since then its uses have increased 'at a staggering rate'. It shows people buying greeting cards and wrapping paper in a gift shop, and shows footage of newspapers on ...

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John Collins recalls illustrations by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), 2007

This is an edited sound recording of John Collins, former managing director of the Brisbane-based book publisher Jacaranda Press, recalling the way the Indigenous poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (then Kath Walker) produced illustrations for her 1980 book 'Father sky and mother earth'. He describes how a casual remark led to her ...

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Chris Arthur recalls the Franklin River campaign, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of an interview with Chris Arthur, a Tasmanian environmentalist, who describes being arrested and imprisoned in December 1982 after participating in a blockade of a site linked to a proposed project to dam the Franklin River in south-western Tasmania. He also talks about how he has gone ...