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Bikes, cameras and cystic fibrosis

What does it take to remain active and optimistic despite having a serious physical condition? Michael McMahon's photo story shows us that cystic fibrosis hasn't stopped him doing what he loves best. A proud resident of Warrnambool in Victoria, and with a strong family network around him, he is living life to the fullest. ...

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Country towns: all drop bears and skate rats?

Why might you use humour when presenting your local community to a national audience? In this Heywire clip, an 'ex-bushranger and survival expert' (in reality Hayden Laube) introduces us to the wilds of Port Pirie. After several adventures including fighting off ferocious wildlife, he reflects on the value of life in a ...

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Ronald Reagan: commemorating heroism

Few things reveal both the best and worst of humanity more than war. The D-Day landings of World War II were full of horror and heroism and are commemorated in this speech by former President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan. Explore the construction of this speech and how it is shaped to suit audience and purpose.

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A debate to get your teeth into

To ward off tooth decay, most Australian cities have added fluoride to their water supply, but the local council in Bundaberg has resisted such action. In this clip from late in 2012, hear people in this regional Queensland town expressing opinions both for or against fluoridation.

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Digging for diprotodons

Ever dreamed of finding buried treasure in your own backyard? For Natasha Camp, this is a reality. Her 'treasure' is not gold or silver, but the bones of ancient Australian megafauna. In this Heywire photo story, Natasha describes the latest dig at Floraville Station, Queensland, her family's property. It was on this dig ...

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Improve our town: arguments: assessment

Test your understanding of the arguments concerning a community issue. Help a local council decide on a development proposal. Determine whether the best use of a demolition site in the centre of town will be for a park or for a mall. Talk to people in the local community to find out their opinions. Restate the reasons given ...

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On the farm - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the characteristics of farm animals so they can begin to write descriptive text. This unit is particularly aimed at ESL (NESB) students and those who have limited experience of the world beyond their immediate lives. Students have regular opportunities to listen to and use correct ...

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Menzies' 'Forgotten people' speech, 2008

'Menzies' forgotten people speech' is an excerpt from the film 'Menzies and Churchill at war' (55 min) produced in 2008. Using Robert Menzies's Second World War diaries and remarkable 16-mm film, 'Menzies and Churchill at war' lifts the lid on a bitter behind-the-scenes battle between Winston Churchill and the Australian ...

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Ted Egan

In this interview, Ted Egan reflects on his life in remote communities, the inequalities between black and white Australians, the dilemma of holding power over the communities in which he worked and his changing attitude to land rights. 'Ted Egan' is an excerpt from the program 'Ted Egan' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian ...

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Young people making a difference

Have you ever considered what it must be like to be homeless? Often it is not until we are confronted with a personal experience that we realise the significance of such social issues. Luke Owens from Bendigo Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to how he found out ...

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Evolving English: the impact of television

Imagine if the English language never evolved. What would we be speaking? Possibly Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxon tribes, a language written down using runes known as the 'futhorc'. English continues to evolve, but it takes the media to bring new words into common usage. So which form of media is responsible ...

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The story of 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton

What do the words of 'Waltzing Matilda' mean and where did they come from? Find out about 'Waltzing Matilda' and Winton, the town where Banjo Paterson wrote his ballad. Discover what the song means to the town today.

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Stand and deliver: public speaking and democracy

Have you ever heard the words 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears'? They come from the great orator Mark Antony talking about the death of Caesar in Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar'. Listen to this audio interview with classics scholar Dr Kathryn Welch to find out what we can learn from the first public speakers, ...

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Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, 1949

This audio clip presents and examines Prime Minister Ben Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, which was delivered to NSW Labor Party members in 1949. Listen to author Michael Fullilove explain why the 'Light on the Hill' phrase has become so powerful in Australian politics. The speech in the recording is performed by an actor.

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Peter Lalor's Bakery Hill speech

What events led to the attack on the Eureka Stockade (Eureka rebellion) on the Ballarat goldfield in 1854? This audio clip examines the famous Bakery Hill speech by activist Peter Lalor. Listen to Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter discuss the effect that the speech had on the assembled miners. Find out why this is considered a key event ...

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Enid Lyons's maiden speech to Parliament, 1943

Find out about Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman to be elected to the Australian Parliament. Author Michael Fullilove discusses her background and political objectives. The program includes Dame Edith's maiden (first) speech to Parliament in 1943 as a member of the House of Representatives.

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Promoting a perspective: climate change

How much do you know about climate change? We have all heard of it but not everybody accepts that changes to our weather patterns are caused by climate change. In this clip, practice your listening comprehension skills by analysing a current affairs report about climate change.

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Judging utopia: using language to evaluate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a perfect world? Many authors have imagined such utopian worlds in their writing. But would we all agree on what makes a perfect world? In this clip, explore how language can reveal people's judgements of others' ideas.

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John le Carré: interrogation

In the world of espionage, interrogation is crucial. How do interviewers ensure that information obtained during interrogation is useful? How do they determine whether an interviewee is telling the truth? In this clip, author John le Carré explains some of the finer points of successful interrogation.

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Julia Gillard: responding to tricky questions

Imagine this situation: someone is asking you difficult questions or interrogating you about your actions. How will you respond? Many people become flustered and inarticulate when under this kind of pressure. In this clip, learn a few tips from Australia's first female prime minister about 'keeping your cool'.