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Parties Control Parliament

At a glance

Student introduction

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
Preparation
  • Introduction
  • Public opinion of political parties
  • Preparation for and conduct of an opinion poll (concurrently with progressing through the unit)
  • Prepare the opinion poll sheets and set deadlines for completion of opinion poll work.

Student introduction

Focus question 1: What role do political parties have in parliament and government?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
Preparation
  • Political parties
  • Introductory investigation: policies of political parties
 
  • Functions of
    political parties
  • Forming
    governments
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Reasons for having
    political parties
     
     
     
     
  • Party discipline
  • Data analysis and
    synthesis: forming
    governments
  • Definition and
    allocation of
    government
    responsibilities
     
     
     
  • Analysis:
    advantages and
    disadvantages of a
    party-based
    parliamentary
    system
  • Discussion and
    role-play: party
    discipline
  • Summary: forms of
    government
    accountability to the
    electorate
  • Interactive and research: role of political parties within the Senate
  • Research task: relevant self-chosen topic
  • Summary and synthesis: Development of a pamphlet for new citizens of Australia on the role and functions of political parties
  • Use the poster 'The
    Commonwealth
    Government' together
    with Briefing 1a. The
    material on Upper
    Houses in 'Should
    the People Rule?' will
    be useful background
    information for
    Activity 2f and 7b.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Provide access to
    Parliament at Work
    website,
    Parliament at Work
    CD ROM

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 2: Who do Australia's political parties represent?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
 
  • Ongoing activity: creation of a poster or booklet on political parties
  • Australia's political parties
  • Reading and summary: Australia's political parties
  • 'Left' and 'right': the 1949 election campaign
  • Reading, comprehension and interpretation: notions of the political 'left' and 'right'
  • Comprehension and interpretation: political cartoons and speech excerpts
  • The middle ground
  • Reading and interpretation: policies and media releases from political parties

Teaching and learning activities

Focus question 3: How do parties select policies and campaign for government?

Content Activities
(Assessment tasks are in bold italics.)
Preparation
  • The 1972 election campaign
    - media
    - polls
    - issues
  • Interpretation and
    discussion of
    evidence: advice
    from media
    consultants
  • Interpretation and
    discussion of
    evidence: media
    campaigns and
    policies
  • Synthesis, reporting
    and discussion of
    results: the earlier
    opinion poll
  • Data manipulation
    and individual
    reports: the earlier
    opinion poll
  • Display preparation and presentation slogans, policies and issues for a youth-based political party
  • Statement preparation: beliefs, objects and distinctiveness of the chosen party.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Invite parents, friends, staff and local identities to the display about the youth-based political parties

Teaching and learning activities

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