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Voting: choosing your parliamentary representatives - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the democratic process of voting to elect representatives. The unit includes four main activities in which students in groups work through scenarios where decisions are required and representatives need to be chosen. The groups also research and discuss concepts including secret ballot, compulsory ...

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Take a vote: make it fair

Look at voting patterns when students elect a school captain. Notice that the election result may be influenced by unfair behaviour. Think about the effects of bribes, multiple votes, biased counting, non-secret ballots and optional voting. Choose rules needed to ensure a fair election. This learning object is the first ...

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Take a vote: democracy

Look at voting patterns when students elect a school captain. Notice that the election result may be influenced by unfair behaviour. Comment on the effects of bribes, multiple votes, biased counting, non-secret ballots and optional voting. Choose rules necessary to ensure a fair election. Compare the principles of fair ...

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Women voting in Auckland, 1899

This is a black-and-white photograph showing men and women voters lined up at a polling booth at the Drill Hall in Rutland Street, Auckland, to vote in the 1899 New Zealand parliamentary elections. The photograph is taken from an elevated position facing the entrance of the Drill Hall where the crowd converges in two lines ...

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Voting and belonging - a unit of work

This unit of work for lower secondary students uses the experience of women and Indigenous people in Australia as case studies for learning about 'enfranchisement', that is, gaining the right to vote. Students identify key dates and people associated with enfranchisement and appreciate the need for Australia's parliament ...

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Female suffrage Act, South Australia, 1894

This is the first page of a Bill for the enactment of an amendment to the Constitution and Electoral Acts of South Australia to allow women to hold equal voting rights with men. The 1894 Bill grants women the right to vote in elections for both the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly. A handwritten notation on ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Voting

This is a close-up colour photograph of the hands and arms of an Indigenous Australian voter about to vote for candidates for election to the House of Representatives and the Senate at the Australian federal election in 1984. Two ballot papers can be seen and in the right-hand corner is a flyer issued by the Australian ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Issuing ballot papers

This is a close-up colour photograph of an Indigenous Australian voter receiving ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate for the federal election in 1984 from an issuing officer at a polling station. The table where the officer sits has piles of the various ballot papers, a checklist for issuing voting ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Enrolling to vote

This is a close-up colour photograph of the hand of an Indigenous Australian filling in a Claim for Electoral Enrolment form in order to be eligible to vote. The photograph was taken in 1984 during the making of a program entitled 'Voting In Federal Election', made for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to explain ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Outside a polling booth

This is a colour photograph of a polling booth at a local school in a remote Australian town on federal election day, 1 December 1984. Volunteers from political parties stand outside the polling booth distributing how-to-vote cards to voters. The volunteers have also displayed posters of the leaders of their parties, including ...

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Australian federal election, 1984: Distributing how-to-vote cards

This is a colour photograph taken at the entrance to a polling booth set up in a local school in a remote Australian town on federal election day, 1 December 1984. Volunteers from political parties stand outside the polling booth distributing how-to-vote cards to voters. They have also displayed posters of their candidates.

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Electors arriving to vote, Mackay, 1877

This black-and-white pen-and-ink sketch depicts voters arriving at a polling station in a state by-election in Mackay, Queensland, on 23 April 1877. The voters arrive in horsedrawn buggies and carriages. Speech bubbles and banners include the slogans 'VOTE for LONG', 'Yah! no slavery!' and 'Beor! and down with Kanaka Labour!' ...

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Stories of the people and rulers - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the mid-primary years about who should rule. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units. The unit includes studies of the pharaohs' absolute rule in ancient Egypt and of democracy in ancient Athens, as well as an examination of who rules in Australia and how a nation should ...

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Should the people rule? - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the lower secondary years about the main types of government, how government functioned in Athens and Sparta in ancient Greece, and how the rule of the people functions in Australia. The unit contains four focus questions that are explored through sequences of learning with student activities ...

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27 May: a significant date - the 1967 referendum

This is a two-page PDF fact sheet providing information related to the 1967 referendum in which Australians voted to change the Australian constitution to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census and provide the Australian Government with the power to make specific laws relating to Aboriginal ...

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Constitutional recognition of the first Australians

This is a two-page PDF fact sheet that discusses the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Australian Constitution. It explores the processes by which the Constitution was established in 1900, the reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the process for changing ...

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Get Voting

This website provides a step-by-step guide to running an school elections such as student leadership positions. The five-step process provides practical advice on preparation and a variety of downloadable resources. The forms can be customised and include nomination forms, ballot papers, how to vote cards and tally sheets ...

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History of voting

Australia's first parliamentary election was in 1843. What was different about voting then? When and how did that change to resemble elections we have now? See if you can list the three significant dates in Australia’s history of voting and the changes that occurred on those dates.

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Voting in the classroom

This is a learning module that develops practical skills in teaching electoral education as part of the Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. The module includes background information and a step by step guide to running an election. Aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the module provides one hour ...