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Get involved

Explore the ways ordinary Australians can get involved in the work of Parliament with this short video (6:25 min). Find out how you can get informed about the work of the Parliament, the role of petitioning and ways to participate in parliamentary inquiries.

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Robert Menzies, prime minister 1939-41, 1949-66

This is a black-and-white photograph of Robert Menzies, Australia's twelfth prime minister. It shows him wearing a suit as he poses for his official photograph.

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William McMahon, prime minister 1971-72

This is a black-and-white photograph of William McMahon, Australia's twentieth prime minister. It is an official photograph taken when he was treasurer.

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Stanley Melbourne Bruce, prime minister 1923-29

This is a black-and-white photograph of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, Australia's eighth prime minister. The photograph shows him wearing a white shirt with a tie and waistcoat. He is facing to one side of the camera.

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What impacts has immigration had on Australia?

In this unit of work students investigate stories of immigration and the impact migrants have had on Australian society over time. This unit of work uses the objects and displays from the National Museum of Australia's previous Horizons gallery (now replaced by the Australian Journeys gallery) and other Museum exhibitions ...

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Prime ministers of Australia

This website contains biographies of Australia’s prime ministers up to John Howard. Each biography includes information about the prime minister and his terms in office and includes major events and milestones, activities beyond politics and pieces of legislation implemented.

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What makes a good citizen? - unit of work

This is a set of four lessons about the characteristics of a good citizen. The unit aims to ensure that students realise they are already citizens and consider what society would be like if the qualities of a good citizen were not apparent in others. The unit identifies eight online interactive resources relevant to the ...

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Stories of the people and rulers - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the mid-primary years about who should rule. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units. The unit includes studies of the pharaohs' absolute rule in ancient Egypt and of democracy in ancient Athens, as well as an examination of who rules in Australia and how a nation should ...

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James Scullin, prime minister 1929-32

This is a black-and-white photograph of James Scullin, Australia's ninth prime minister. He is directly facing the camera.

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Examining the lives of historical figures to help us effect change - unit of work

This is a short unit of work about significant historical figures from Australia's past, the contributions they made and how their actions have affected Australia today. Intended for lower secondary students, the unit is organised around two activities. The first involves a study of Edith Cowan. It serves as a model for ...

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Arthur Fadden, prime minister 1941

This is a black-and-white photograph of Arthur Fadden, Australia's thirteenth prime minister. It shows him wearing a pinstripe suit. He is facing the camera in an official photograph.

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Gough Whitlam, prime minister 1972-75

This is a colour photograph of Edward Gough Whitlam, Australia's twenty-first prime minister. It shows him attending a United Nations convention during a tour of the USA in 1974.

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People power - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how popular movements achieved change in Australia. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and includes studies of the Eight Hour Day campaign from the 1850s, the Equal Pay campaign of the 20th century and the Freedom Ride of 1965. The unit contains four focus questions ...

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Landmarks: people and places across Australia

This resource features the Landmarks gallery, which traces a broad history of Australia since British colonisation in the late 18th century. The exhibition explores ten big themes in the country's past through the stories of Australian places and the people who have lived there. It examines how people have engaged with ...

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William Morris Hughes, prime minister 1915-23

This is a black-and-white photograph of William Morris Hughes, Australia's seventh prime minister. The photograph shows him wearing a white shirt with a tie and sporting a moustache. He is facing the camera.

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Jessie Street, 1889-1970

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Jessie Street, a prominent 20th-century human rights campaigner known as ‘Red Jessie’. The collection is introduced by the black-and-white passport photograph seen here that links to a richly documented biography on a showcase called 'Uncommon lives'. The showcase ...

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Values we admire in others - unit of work

This is a unit consisting of three activities extended over five lessons about the values set out in 'Nine values for Australian schooling' and how well-known Australians have enacted these values. The suggested teaching and learning strategies involve analysing each value, annotating a biography of Aboriginal footballer ...

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Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister 2007-2010

This is a colour photograph of the Honourable Kevin Rudd, Australia's twenty-sixth Prime Minister. It shows him talking with Mrs Bess Carr at the launch of the Shell-shocked exhibition at the National Archives in 2008.

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Ben Chifley, prime minister 1945-49

This is a black-and-white photograph of Ben Chifley, Australia's sixteenth prime minister. It shows him looking down towards the camera while holding his pipe.

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Malcolm Fraser, prime minister 1975-83

This is a black-and-white photograph of John Malcolm Fraser, Australia's twenty-second prime minister.