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A Guide to Government and Law in Australia (PDF)

A Guide to Government and Law in Australia
A Guide to Government and Law in Australia

Selected Sources (PDF)

The Australian Constitution The Australian Constitution
Citizenship Pledge Citizenship Pledge
Declaration of Human Rights Declaration of Human Rights
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

Middle Primary (Handouts)

Stories of the People and Rulers

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Rules and Laws

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We Remember

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Joining In

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Upper Primary (Handouts)

Parliament versus Monarch

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The Law Rules

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The People Make a Nation

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People Power

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Middle Primary (RTFs)

Stories of the People and Rulers

FQ1: Who rules us?

Activity 1 Activity 2

FQ2: Should one person rule?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Further activities

FQ3: Should the people rule?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7 Further activity

FQ4: Who rules in Australia?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7 Further activities

FQ5: How should a nation be ruled?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Further activities

Rules and Laws

FQ1: Why do we need rules and laws?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Further activities

FQ2: What is a rule and what is a law?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Further activities

FQ3: Why should laws apply equally and be public?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Further activities

FQ4: What are Aboriginal laws?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Further activities

FQ5: How are laws made in Australia?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

FQ6: What makes a good law?

Activity 1 Activity 2

We Remember

FQ1: Which symbols do Australians use to show who they are and what they value?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Further activities

FQ2: Which symbols represent our democratic nation?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7 Activity 8
Activity 9

FQ3: How do we commemorate significant events and lives in Australia?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Further activities

FQ4: How and why have Australian symbols and events changed over the years?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5

FQ5: Which symbols and events are relevant to the Australian nation today?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

Joining In

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: Why do community groups exist?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6

FQ2: How do groups function?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7

FQ3: How do groups get things done?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5

FQ4: How can groups make a difference?

Activity 1 Activity 2

FQ5: How and where in the community can people join in?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

Upper Primary (RTFs)

Parliament versus Monarch

FQ1: What does it mean to have absolute power?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Further Activity

FQ2: What is a parliament?

Activity 1

FQ3: What is the difference between 'divine right' and 'citizen's right'?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4

FQ4: How has the power moved from the monarch to the people?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Further Activity

FQ5: How does Australian parliamentary democracy reflect its British inheritance?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

The Law Rules

FQ1: How do you get a fair trial?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7

FQ2: Who makes the law?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

FQ3: Should the courts be independent?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5

FQ4: Should people be equal before the law?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5

FQ5: How does the law rule in Australia today?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4

The People Make a Nation

FQ1: Was Australia always organised in states and territories?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Further Activity

FQ2: What were the arguments for and against Federation?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Further Activity

FQ3: How did the people make a nation?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7 Activity 8
Further Activity

FQ4: How does the Australian federal system of government work?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Further Activity

People Power

FQ1: How did the Freedom Riders escalate the campaign for justice for Aboriginal people?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Further Activity

FQ2: How did groups of Australian workers bring about improvements in their working conditions?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7 Further Activity

FQ3: What have Equal Pay campaigners done to remove some of the discrimination against women in employment?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6 Further Activity

FQ4: In what ways can popular movements achieve change?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Further Activities

Lower Secondary (RTFs)

Should the People Rule?

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: Who rules us?

Activity 1 Activity 2

FQ2: What are the main types of government?

Introduction Activity 1 Assess. task 1 Assess. task 2
Assess. task 3

FQ3: What was it like to live in a democracy in Ancient Athens?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Assess. task

FQ4: How do the people rule in Australia?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Assess. task 1 Assess. task 2

Law

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: Why do we need laws?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Assess. task

FQ2: What are the sources of Australian law?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

FQ3: How do we make laws today?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Assess. task

FQ4: Who has the final say about laws in Australia?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4

FQ5: How does Australia's legal system attempt to ensure fairness and to protect people?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Assess. task

Democratic Struggles

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What is democracy and what was Australia like before we had it?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4

FQ2: How did democracy develop in Britain?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
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FQ3: What Influence did the Chartists have on the goldfields and did the struggle at Eureka contribute to the establishment of democracy in Australia?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Assess. task

FQ4: To what extent and when were the Chartists' six points achieved in Australia?

Introduction Activity 1

FQ5: Why didn't all adults get the vote at Federation and how did those excluded work to achieve it?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Assess. task

Men and Women in Political Life

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What is 'political activity'?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6

FQ2: What can we learn from people who have worked in parliament?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
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FQ3: What can we learn from people who have worked outside parliament?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Assess. task
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Middle Secondary (RTFs)

Parties Control Parliament

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What role do political parties have in parliament and government?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Further Activity Assess. task

FQ2: Who do Australia's political parties represent?

Assess. task Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4

FQ3: How do parties select policies and campaign for government?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Activity 8 Assess. task

Human Rights

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What are human rights?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Assess. task

FQ2: Where did human rights come from?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3

FQ3: Where have Australians' human rights come from and how are they protected?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Assess. task

FQ4: What is Australia's record on Indigenous people's rights?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Unit Assess. task

A Democracy Destroyed

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What are the features of a healthy democracy?

Activity 1 Activity 2

FQ2: How and why was democracy lost in Germany in 1933?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Activity 8 Activity 9 Assess. task

FQ3: Which people resisted the Nazis?

Activity 1

FQ4: What are the key features of a democracy and how did the Nazis take them away? How is democracy in Australia protected?

Intro./Assess. task Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Unit Assess. task

Making a Nation

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: Why do people decide that governments should federate?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6

FQ2: How do you make a federation work?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Assess. task

FQ3: Why do federations break apart?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2

FQ4: Should Australia become a republic?

Introduction Activity 1 Assess. task

What Sort of Nation

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: What sort of nation has Australia been? What sort of nation is it today?

Activity 1 Assess. tasks

FQ2: How has immigration shaped the kind of nation we are?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Activity 8

FQ3: How do economic factors shape and reflect the kind of nation we are?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Activity 8 Activity 9 Activity 10

FQ4: What responsibilities do individuals, communities and governments have for the welfare of Australian citizens?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5 Activity 6

FQ5: What kind of country do we want Australia to be?

Introduction Activity 1 Assess. task

Getting Things Done

Student Introduction

Student Intro.

FQ1: How can Australian citizens influence government action?

Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3 Activity 4
Activity 5

FQ2: How do governments and political parties respond to new issues?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6 Activity 7
Activity 8 Activity 9

FQ3: How can Australian citizens influence the media and how does the media influence governments and political parties?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Activity 6

FQ4: How are disputes between state and federal governments resolved?

Introduction Activity 1 Activity 2 Activity 3
Activity 4 Activity 5 Unit Assess. task

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