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Sikhs in contemporary Australia

Did you know that Sikhs in Australia belong to the fifth most popular religion in the world? Sikhism began in the Punjab region of India and today has over 30 million followers. Find out more about the life and beliefs of people of this faith through the eyes of a Sikh. Watch a 'langar', a community meal, in process at ...

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Sikh women make Woolgoolga their home

Discover how life has changed, and stayed the same, for Sikh women who migrated to northern New South Wales' Banana Coast after World War 2. Woolgoolga might be a long way from India, but Sikh women were determined to maintain their traditional way of life in their new home.

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To disconnect or not to disconnect?

How often are you ever truly alone? Today's technology can mean that we're in constant contact with friends and family. In this Heywire audio story, Dayna Duncan shares a time when she both needed to be connected and to balance her use of social media with other priorities in her life.<br /><br /> Could you write or record ...

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The slow sizzle of SFX

Without the benefit of visual images, audio texts often rely on sound effects to create a mood or to position the audience, sometimes without their realising it. Analyse how Rafiqua Fattah's sound effects affect you as you listen to her Heywire audio story, which presents her perspectives on life as an Australian who is ...

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A new home on Australia Day

Why do people choose to become Australian citizens? What is it about Australia that makes it a sought-after destination for thousands of migrants every year? In this clip from ABC News, listen to the suggestions of two leading politicians and discover the weird and wonderful racing events that are staged around the country.

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The 'inauguration' of Lake Burley Griffin

Do most Australians think Canberra is a great city and that water makes a city 'great'? Former prime minister Sir Robert Menzies certainly thought so. When the American architect Walter Burley Griffin submitted his design for Australia's new capital city in 1911, it included damming a river to create a lake. Listen to Menzies' ...

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...

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Woolgoolga's school works to end prejudice

Can schools change social attitudes and help to overcome prejudice? Racial discrimination was practised against Woolgoolga's Sikh population as recently as 1968. In this clip from that year, we find that it is the town's central school that is demonstrating tolerance of cultural diversity. This clip is one in a series of six.

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Johnson, Clift and Cohen meet Hydra's muse

The lives of Canadian poet Leonard Cohen and Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston intertwined on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Cohen became one of the world's most celebrated singer-songwriters. Clift received more recognition for her writing overseas than in Australia while Johnston's novel 'My Brother ...

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The Stomp, a 1960s dance craze

Imagine a dance so simple it could be learnt in minutes and so popular it became a craze. This clip from a Weekend Magazine program screened in 1963 looks at such a dance. It was called the Stomp and it was pounded out in surf clubs and council halls around Australia's coast. Watch and listen as teenagers express their ...

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Surf story

Imagine riding a big wave on a surfboard back in the days when surfboard riding was the newest craze to hit Australia. At that time, many teenagers believed that surfing represented a whole new way of life. This Four Corners program from the early 1960s investigates the impact of the rise of the surfboard and surfing culture ...

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Mobile society: 'mechanised sloth'

Do Australians depend too much on cars and get too little exercise? Many people like to think of Australia as being an active, sports-loving nation. What effect has the motor car had on this perception? This clip from the 1960s takes a look at the question of whether the popularity of driving was becoming a risk to the ...

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Social satire: David Williamson's 'After the Ball'

Imagine having your family history played out on stage for audiences to experience. That's what happened with David Williamson, whose 1997 play 'After the Ball' is based on his own childhood. However, Williamson is known for his keen-eyed depiction of Australian society. In this clip, explore the motivations behind this ...

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Chinese Australians and the Moon Festival, 1978

How have the cultural traditions of people from Asia enriched Australian society? The Moon Festival is one such tradition. In this clip from 1978, an ABC reporter visits Dixon Street in Sydney's Chinatown to discover what this celebration means to Chinese Australians and the wider community.

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Dancing lions celebrate the Lunar New Year

Meet the Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance Troupe from Canberra and find out why lions play a special role in lunar new year celebrations. Why does the dancing lion bow three times at the beginning of its dance? What does it then do to bless the shop or business it’s visiting? Troupe leader David Wong says that there are two ...

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The power of one book to captivate Australia

Bryce Courtenay's novel 'The Power of One' has sold millions of copies worldwide. But just how did a debut novel, set in South Africa and written by a South African author, end up on the list of '10 Aussie books to read before you die'? Find out more in this clip.

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Please explain: election of Pauline Hanson, 1996

How much can you tell about people by the politicians they choose to represent them? In 1996, Pauline Hanson was voted into the Australian Parliament as an Independent member for the Queensland seat of Oxley, despite (or perhaps because of) her controversial views about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and ...

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Superpower shift: the changing global economy

Are the days of the world's greatest superpower numbered? Is the USA really in decline? The 21st century is witnessing the rise of powerful new economies in the world, particularly those of China and India. In this clip from The Drum, Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor considers the implications of a global shift in economic ...

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Participating in the Woolgoolga community

How do you gain a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar place, especially one that has very different beliefs and customs from your own? One way is to do as the locals do. This clip explores the importance, for Sikh migrants, of working and socialising with the residents of their new home in the northern New South Wales town ...

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A new referendum

Today people are campaigning to hold a referendum that seeks to fully recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution. Why does Marcia Langton believe this is a crucial thing to do? What do you think? What makes Stan Grant Snr angry about the prospect of holding another referendum?