Making a Nation
Introductory Activity National teams
a As a class, group these names according to the organisations they are part of.
Perth Orioles, Townsville Suns, Dandenong Rangers, South Melbourne, Adelaide Ravens, Sydney Swans, Melbourne Storm, West Coast Eagles, Brisbane Blazers, Canberra Cannons, Sydney Flames, Brisbane Broncos, Perth Reds, Marconi Fairfield, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne Tigers, Canberra Cosmos, Melbourne Kestrels, Newcastle Knights, Adelaide Lightning, Port Adelaide Power, Perth Wildcats, Canberra Capitals, Queensland Firebirds, Brisbane Strikers, Richmond Tigers, Cronulla Sharks, Sydney Sandpipers, Parramatta Eels, South East Melbourne Magic, Canterbury Bulldogs, Western Bulldogs, Manly Sea Eagles, Canberra Raiders, Adelaide City.
b What made it possible for these organisations to come into existence? You could consider such things as the changing nature of transport and communications, how the organisations get their income and the wish of some people to make it happen.
c In each of your lists some of the teams have long histories, others are more recent. Underline the ones which are more recent. What do they have in common? For this activity you could focus on one organisation, for example football teams.
d You and a partner are in charge of one of these recent organisations. Together write some points which you can use to tell the media why your organisation should exist. Now change roles. You and your partner are 'traditionalists' and want things to stay as they are. Write some points which will help you put your case.
e Discuss or debate the topic: 'National sporting competitions are a big mistake'.
This unit is about some of the ways in which nations come into existence, some of the factors which are involved and the way they develop systems of government. Aspects of the history of the United States of America have been chosen to help develop an understanding of why and how the Commonwealth of Australia came into existence. ('Commonwealth', of course, is a word which comes from 'common' or shared plus 'wealth' or well-being.)
There are many differences between the establishment of organisations which administer national sporting competitions and the establishment of a nation. But there are some important similarities as well. In both cases there are arguments for and against: there will be people who are strongly in favour of change and those who will want things to remain as they are. Some people may be better off and others worse off.
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