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Learning objects Difference Differently: who can be Australian?

TLF ID M013274

This is a resource with three related sets of student activities that explore the evolution of Australian government policies regarding citizenship and immigration since 1901. It uses historical source material to explore the 'White Australia policy' and case studies about individuals and citizenship. It also examines how attitudes and policies regarding who can be Australian have changed, including two Aboriginal people's perspectives: John Lovett and Ken Wyatt. It includes audio, video, writing and reflection tasks, discussion questions and links to a teacher guide.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for both the year 9 depth study Making a nation and the year 10 depth study Migration experiences. In the year 9 depth study it has relevance to all content descriptions, particularly the one regarding significant legislation, as it explores the Immigration Restriction Act. In the year 10 depth study it is very useful for the description about changing government polices as the resource explores the impact that migration polices have had on individuals. The resource examples relating to Aboriginal people also have direct relevance to the year 10 depth studies about Rights and freedoms and World War II. It is very relevant to the historical skills, particularly in regards to exploring perspectives of people in the past.
  • It also has considerable value for the general capability of intercultural understanding, The first two activities strongly relate to the second organising element as they encourage consideration of multiple perspectives and empathy. The third activity is useful for the first element, recognising culture and developing respect, as it explores different perspectives toward diversity. The resource's focus on migrants and citizenship rights also relates well to the cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.
Year level

9; 10

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Together for Humanity Foundation Ltd
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  • Name: Together for Humanity Foundation Ltd
  • Organization: Together for Humanity Foundation Ltd
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
  • Audio
  • Image
  • Online
  • Text
  • Video
  • © Together for Humanity Foundation Ltd. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence