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Discovering democracy: getting things done

TLF ID L9525

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.

Educational details

Educational value
  • Presents the Franklin Dam issue as one that exemplifies the power of political action by the people.
  • Presents the Franklin Dam issue as a symbol for debates about the relative importance of the economy and the environment.
  • Presents the interplay between the Tasmanian government, the federal government and the High Court in resolving the Franklin Dam issue.
  • Shows the role of protest by the people in influencing government.
  • Explains the role of the media in political decision-making.
  • Provides a related student task.
Year level

8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • History
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Studies of society and environment

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Kay Bishop
  • Organization: Kay Bishop
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Address: QLD, AUSTRALIA
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: The Wilderness Society Inc.\,
  • Organization: The Wilderness Society Inc.\,
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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