The history of voting

What? We are learning about the history of voting in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the BTN episode and then answer the questions and post as a comment.

History of Voting – BTN episode

After watching the BTN episode on the history of voting answer the following questions and post as a comment below.

  1. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
  2. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal elections?
  3. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
  4. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
  5. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.
  6. What was surprising about this story?
  7. Do you have any other questions or comments about the voting process?

Levels of Government

What? We are learning about the levels of government in Australia.

Why? This will help us understand how our democracy system works.

How? I will be able to record key information as I watch the videos and then answer the questions and post as a quality comment.

BTN episode 31/5/16 – Levels of Government

Click on the link below to watch a 2.27 min video about the three levels of government in Australia.



PEO website – Three levels of Government




After watching both the BTN episode and the video from PEO website answer the following questions. 

1.  What are the three levels of government?

2.  Why do we have three levels of government?

3.  Name some responsibilities of each level of government?

4.  What happens when local, state and federal governments disagree?

5.  Why do you think we need three levels of government in Australia?

6.  What was surprising for you?


Reconciliation Week

Learning Objective

 WHAT?……We are learning about the importance of Reconciliation Week

WHY?……This will help us understand an important historical event that has helped shape Australia as a Nation

HOW?…. I’ll be able to put in my best efforts to answer the questions below about Reconciliation Week

Key Questions

  1. When is Reconciliation Week?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. What is reconciliation?
  4. How were Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders previously treated?
  5. What can we do to celebrate Reconciliation Week?


Use the following link to support your understanding




Who impacted on the Federation of Australia?

What? (we are learning to): Find out about a key person in Australia’s Federation.

Why?(this will): Help us have a deeper understanding Australia’s history.

How? (I’ll be able to): Research and explain the impact an individual had on Australia’s Federation.

Choose a key person in Federation history and research the answers to the following questions.

Alfred Deakin (1856-1919)


Who was Alfred Deakin? Give a brief summary.
Where was he born?
What were Alfred Deakin’s views about Federation?
What significant things happened when Deakin was Prime Minister?



Henry Parkes (1815 – 1895)


Why was Henry Parks known as the `Father of Federation’?
What was his famous speech `The Tenterfield Address’ about?
What is significant about the date of Parkes’ death?
Why do you think Parkes is referred to as one of the most significant politicians in Australian history?



Edmund Barton (1849-1920) 


Edmund Barton was Australia’s first…

What contribution did Barton make to Federation?

What is an interesting fact about Edmund Barton?



Useful links for your research:

Behind the News – Constitution http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3939299.htm

Parliamentary Education Office – Federation http://www.peo.gov.au/learning/fact-sheets/federation.html

Federation explained – ABC Splash video http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1961881/Federation-explained 

An Ideal City – A nation needs a capital http://www.idealcity.org.au/a_nation_needs-1.html

Australian Dictionary of Biography – Henry Parkes http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/parkes-sir-henry-4366

Civics and Citizenship Education – Henry Parkes http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/parkes,9158.html

Civics and Citizenship Education – Alfred Deakin http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/deakin,9127.html

National Museum of Australia – Alfred Deakin http://www.nma.gov.au/primeministers/alfred_deakin

Civics and Citizenship Education – Edmund Barton http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/barton,9076.html

Fast facts – Australia’s Prime Ministers – Edmund Barton http://primeministers.naa.gov.au/primeministers/barton/fast-facts.aspx


Copy the questions for your chosen person into word.

When you have finished your research post your answers as a comment below. Happy researching 🙂 

Remember – make sure you type the answers in your own words, do not copy and paste from webpages.






Students in 6R reflected on ANZAC day through creative writing.

Fight for our rights- ANZAC poem

by Tyler Butler

Today we remember,

Tomorrow we proceed.

Yesterday we fought,

For peace, and ease.

Australia, New Zealand,

1 army corpse.

Freedom was earned,

Lives were lost.

On ANZAC day.

Soldiers died,

Families cried.

We were free.

But at a huge cost. A great loss.

As I stand,

Feeling guiltily despaired,

I remember the loss

That freed my country

From the forces at Gallipoli.

Poppies grow,

High and low,

Let the trumpet blow,

To remember the red glow

That buried our dead,

Of whom freed us from dread.

Poppies glow,

Trumpets blow, as we remember those

Who fought for us,

And lie in dust.

As poppies grow,

And forever glow

Over Flanders field.

Today we remember,

Tomorrow we proceed.

History shows,

As the trumpet blows,

Yesterday we fought,

For peace and ease.



Federation of Australia

BTN 18/3/2014 – Federation 

  1. Discuss the BtN Federation story with partner and record the main points of your discussion.
  2. Before Federation, Australia was divided into six separate ______________.
  3. Which other country might have been part of Australia?
  4. Who was Henry Parkes?
  5. What was his famous speech about?
  6. Why were initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?
  7. What role did Alfred Deakin play in Australia becoming a Federation?
  8. In what year did Australia become a nation?
  9. Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?
  10. How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants?

Remembrance Day

Do you know what Remembrance Day is?

Why do you think Remembrance Day is important?

Remembrance day BTN episode

There are many customs and traditions on Remembrance Day. Do you know what they are?

The music played on the day holds great significance, click on the links below to listen to The Rouse and The Last Stand and answer the questions with a partner.



The Rouse

How did listening to the Rouse make you feel?

During Remembrance Day commemorations when is the Rouse sounded?

Why is it called the “rouse”?

What does the Rouse symbolise?




The Last Post

How did listening to the Last Post make you feel?

What does it signify?

How does the timing of the Last Post differ from the Rouse?



Eureka Stockade

BTN: Eureka Stockade epidsode

After watching the BTN episode answer the following questions.

  1. When is the anniversary for the Eureka Stockade?
  2. Where was the Eureka Stockade? Locate using Google Maps.
  3. What is the Eureka Stockade? Explain what happened.
  4. What happens at Sovereign Hill?
  5. What was mined in Ballarat Victoria in the 1850s? Copper, Diamonds or Gold
  6. Describe what life was like for the miners.
  7. What did the miners call themselves?
  8. What happened to the miners if they didn’t hold a license?
  9. How has the Eureka Stockade contributed to democracy in Australia?
  10. What does the Eureka flag look like and what does it symbolise?

What do you want to know?

Our next Inquiry topic starts next week.

We would like to know what you want to know. This topic covers peoples rights, migrants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women and minority groups. It looks at government and key individuals that changed our nation.

Double click on the Padlet below and type your first name and at least one question.


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