Making a Nation Middle Secondary
1. Why do people decide that governments
The establishment of the Australian colonies
Document study Australia and Britain
Document study Australia and the USA
Reasons for and against federation
2. How do you make a federation work?
Comparing the Australian and American
Why Australia does not have a Bill of Rights
The powers of the States and the Commonwealth
Powers of the Commonwealth
Research projects: states and territories
3. Why do federations break apart?
Western Australia votes to secede
4. Why should Australia become a republic?
Students use maps, document studies and
research to investigate the different ways of
achieving federation. They determine purposes for
and means of achieving federation. Comparisons
are drawn between Australian systems and the USA
once they gained independence from Britain.
Students then consider future proposals such as
the republic debate.
Activity 2 Using maps to understand the
changing boundaries of colonies in Australia
provides a different approach.
Students evaluate evidence from the past to
demonstrate how such accounts reflect the culture
in which they were constructed.
Students collaboratively identify the values
underlying contributions by diverse individuals
and groups in Australian or Asian
Students produce or perform an account that
links their own histories and those of others.
Students use maps and graphs that interpret
data to suggest links between geographic features
of places and changes occurring within these
Students describe specific instances of
cultural change resulting from government
legislation or policies that have impacted on
other cultural groups.
Students represent situations both before and
after a period of rapid change.
Students collaborate to locate and
systematically record information about the
contributions of people in diverse past settings.
Students use maps, diagrams and statistics to
justify placing value on environments in
Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Economy and society
- Identify key features of Australias
political system at local, state and
- Describe key political structures
including the constitution, the federal
system, the electoral and parliamentary
- Describe the role of key individuals and
groups within the legislative and
executive branches including the head of
state, the prime minister, premiers, the
ministry, backbenchers and political
and regulations that affect states c/f nationally
eg transport, corporations, small business,
- No handouts for copying
- Sections 51 and 52, Australian
Constitution, can be downloaded from the Stories
of Democracy CD ROM.
- One Destiny CD ROM The Ideas
and Models section provides links to
reasons for and against federation.
- Stories of Democracy CD ROM Begins by
comparing Australia and USA, and then
introduces the British system.
Comparisons include symbols, pledges,
buildings. In the game, students gain
pieces of a jigsaw puzzle if the can
match the statement to the correct