Getting Things Done Middle
1. How can Australian citizens influence
How can people influence others?
Development and environment
Citizen action Franklin and beyond
2. How do governments and political parties
respond to new issues?
Influencing and making policy
Parties and the Franklin
The State Labor government and the Franklin
The State Liberal government and the Franklin
National Liberal and Labor governments
Governments actions, party beliefs and
Popular opinion and government action
CD ROM activity
3. How can Australian citizens influence the
media and how does the media influence
governments and political parties?
Recent issues in the media
The Tasmanian Wilderness Society and media
Media coverage of the blockade
True and fair?
Effect of media campaign
Tasmanians opinion of the dam
4. How are disputes between state and federal
Anti the anti-dammers
Interview with pro-dammers
The Constitution and state and federal
The High Court
Understanding arguments for and against the
High Court decision
Students are asked to think of tactics they
use to get things done at home, school
background to the Tasmanian Dam dispute is then
presented by providing students with a number of
sources to analyse and activities to complete.
While completing these tasks, students are
identifying examples of citizen action. The unit
then introduces different political party beliefs
about issues, and how the case study illustrates
the diversity of beliefs both within the parties
and the different levels of government. The role
of the media is also examined.
The activity on The Tasmanian Wilderness
Society and the Media allows students to use the
video, the CD ROM segments and the written
sources for their investigations.
Students collaboratively identify the values
underlying contributions by diverse individuals
and groups in Australian or Asian environments.
Students produce a corroborated argument
concerning causes of a change or continuity in
environments, media or gender roles.
Students develop criteria-based judgments
about th ethical behaviour of people in the past.
Students evaluate the effectiveness of
progressive actions from the past to recommend
particular actions for the future.
Students make clear links between their values
of peace and sustainability and their preferred
vision of a place.
Students use models of delivery appropriate
for informing and persuading different audiences,
to promote ecologically and economically
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 synthesise information from the
perspectives of different groups to identify
which patterns constitute a region.
Students design strategies for evaluating
environmental impacts of a proposed project,
highlighting relationships between living and
Students use maps, diagrams and statistics to
justify placing value on environments in
Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
Economy and society
5.1 Identify key features of Australias
political system at local, state and federal
- Identify and trace the history of the key
values of representative democracy,
including participation, representation,
rights and responsibilities.
- 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
- Explain the ways in which individuals and
community groups can participate in
Levels of governments.
- Discovering Democracy Secondary Video
- Parliament at Work CD ROM.
Representation in Commonwealth parliament
links to Franklin Dam issue.
Interactive simulated parliamentary
hearing land use debate.
- Stories of Democracy CD ROM
photographs and text on the Franklin Dam
story. No game.
- Sections 51 and 52 of the Australian
Constitution can be downloaded from the Stories
of Democracy CD ROM.