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Published address - 'Towards a population policy for Australia', 1976

This 12-page booklet titled 'Towards a population policy for Australia' contains an address to the Stable Population Forum by M J R MacKellar, the minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. The address was given in Adelaide on 9 August 1976, and the booklet was published in 1976 by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and ...

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Norman Dean: Great Depression [ESL]

Make a storyboard for a documentary film about the Great Depression in Australia. Examine a series of photos and descriptions of life during the Great Depression. Explore the Depression's impact on unemployment, housing, poverty levels, family life and health. Choose images linking personal stories, lifestyle changes and ...

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The Great Depression - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea describes how students explored a range of digital and other resources to develop their understanding of the Depression and its effects in Australia. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Great Depression in Australia

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - economic policies during the Great Depression; the unemployed; and the effects of the Great Depression on Australian families. The effects of the Great Depression were felt in Australia from 1929 until the outbreak of the Second World ...

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Building a shanty at Happy Valley, 1930s

This black-and-white photograph shows a man constructing a makeshift dwelling from corrugated iron at the squatters' camp of Happy Valley in the coastal Sydney suburb of La Perouse during the Great Depression. The man, who has his back to the camera, is holding a sheet of corrugated metal in his arms and is wearing long ...

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Protest outside Australia House, London, 1935

This is a 11.9 cm x 8.6 cm black-and-white photograph of four people standing outside Australia House in London in 1935. They are holding signs protesting Australia’s treatment of British exservicemen. Some signs read 'AUSTRALIA Celebrate the Jubilee by giving Ruined British Exservice Settlers FULL JUSTICE', and 'DON’T ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 3 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve their working conditions in the early 1950s. This clip opens with a scene set in Sydney during the Great Depression of ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 4 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. Set in the 1930s, a barefoot boy plays a banjo on the street next to a sign on ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 5 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions in the early 1950s. This clip is set in the Great Depression of the 1930s, showing a line of men in ...

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'The hungry miles', 1955 - part 8 of 12

This is a clip from a black-and-white Australian dramatised documentary titled 'The hungry miles' that outlines the history of unionism among waterside workers and their attempts to maintain and improve working conditions. This clip re-creates an unemployed protest march of 1931. The opening shot is of a man moving down ...

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The Flying Vet, 1984: Alcohol and self-respect

The clip shows aspects of alcohol abuse in the early 1980s in the north of Western Australia, including in the Indigenous population. Susan Bradley, a justice of the peace in Kununurra, presides over a case in which an Aboriginal man who had lost his job is charged with public drunkenness. In voice-over she describes the ...

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Shoalwater - Up for Grabs, 1992: Jobs versus environment

This clip shows two men paddling a canoe down a pristine river in the Shoalwater Bay estuarine area of central Queensland. A narrator describes conflicting views about projected development in this environmentally sensitive area. The conflict centres on the political tension between the need for job creation and retention ...

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Idiot Box, 1996: 'The young and the bloody useless'

This clip shows Mick (Jeremy Sims) talking to Lani (Robyn Loau), who works in a bottle shop, about poetry. After Mick leaves the bottle shop, Lani's brother appears and asks who Mick is. The clip then shows two police detectives (Graeme Blundell and Deborah Kennedy) in a suburban bank where it is believed a robbery may ...

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Colour Bars, 1997: Life's expectations

This clip shows city shots of Sydney by night, accompanied by pumping techno music. A series of re-enacted shots of the theft of a car wheel at night are shown, intercut with shots of a young man looking directly at the camera. In a voice-over, the young man describes his daily existence - a cycle of unemployment and petty ...

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'Depression days, Belmore Park, Sydney', 1938

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Max Dupain showing a group of men gathered at Belmore Park in Sydney during the Great Depression. The men, some of whom are probably unemployed, are shown standing, seated or squatting in a close group. The photograph measures 27.8 cm x 27.7 cm and was printed in 2001.

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Homeless man at Dutton Park, Brisbane, 1937

This is a black-and-white newspaper photograph from 1937 showing a homeless middle-aged or elderly balding man lying in a makeshift bed on the floor of what appears to be a disused water tank lying on its side. He is fully dressed, despite being in a makeshift bed, using a hessian sack as a blanket and having an improvised ...

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Kemira - Diary of a Strike, 1984: The storming of Parliament

This clip shows colour actuality footage of protesters from the Wollongong area in New South Wales storming the doors of (Old) Parliament House in Canberra on 26 October 1982. The clip opens with the protesters rushing towards Parliament House chanting 'We want jobs'. Dramatic scenes follow of the protesters forcing the ...

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Four Corners - We'll All Be Rooned, 1982: A town is dying

This clip from 1982 shows Coonamble, a country town in northern New South Wales hard-hit by drought and recession. Over images of the postman delivering mail, the reporter says that social-service cheques are the only growth industry in the town and that an alarming percentage of unemployed people are under 25. He then ...

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Norman Dean: Great Depression

Make a storyboard for a documentary film about the Great Depression in Australia. Examine a series of photos and descriptions of life during the Great Depression. Explore the Depression's impact on unemployment, housing, poverty levels, family life and health. Choose images linking personal stories, lifestyle changes and ...