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LAST FEDERAL ELECTION: Saturday 2 July 2016  


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Discovering Democracy units:

Discovering Democracy units (ABC):
- Should the People Rule?
Focus Question 4: How do the people rule in Australia?
   -  Activity 3: Voting.

Discovering Democracy units (ABC):
- Democratic struggles
Focus question 5: Why didn't all adults get the vote at Federation...
   - Activity 1: The argument about women's voting rights.
   - Activity 2: Methods used by women to gain the vote.
   - Activity 5: The 1967 Referendum.
   - Activity 6: A timeline of Aboriginal people's achievement of the right to vote.

Discovering Democracy units (ABC):
- Parties Control Government See:
Student introduction
   - Activity 1: Preparing for an opinion poll
   - Activity 2: Conducting the poll (Continues in Focus question 3 below)
Focus question 1: What role do political parties have in parliament and government?
   - Activity 1: Class discussion (parties, issues, policies, parliament, government)
   - Activity 2: Who forms the government?
   - Activity 3: Who does what in government?
   - Activity 4: Defining and explaining (party discipline)
   - Activity 5: Loyalty to party or electorate?
   - Activity 6: Is the party in government an elected dictatorship?
Focus question 2: Who do Australia's political parties represent?
   - Activity 1: Australia's political parties
   - Activity 2: 'Left' and 'right'
   - Activity 4: The middle ground
Focus question 3: How do parties select policies and campaign for government?
   - Activity 4: Opinion poll analysis (Continues from Activity 2 in the Student introduction above)
   - Activity 5: Collating the findings

Discovering Democracy activities are also available in handout form

See also our Democracy page and Lesson activities page.


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