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  Key Features of Australian Democracy – a Tasmanian focus

Curriculum Tasmanian Curriculum – Society & History
Outcomes
Standard  Two Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
Strand 2
Democratic Values & Processes
Describe democratic values

Describe & participate in different democratic processes
  Know that laws are developed by governments
Strand 5
Responsible Citizenship
Use democratic processes to make decisions & solve problems Identify a personal view when participating in democratic processes Reflect on how democratic decisions are made
Standard  Three Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9

Strand 2
Democratic Values & Processes

Understand the basic operation & role of democratic representation & governments in Australia Understand how some democratic values influence group action

Identify that each level of government makes particular laws

Understand how citizens are represented in different ways at a local level & in the lower & upper houses at a state & federal level
Understand particular features of Australian democracy
Strand 5
Responsible Citizenship
Consider other perspectives in democratic decision making processes

Explore why citizens take action in communities
Recognise that democratic processes can be used to address a social issue  
Strand 8
Communication
Understand how information can be presented in particular ways

Evaluate information for relevance & accuracy

Compare different information on the same topic or issue

Organise & sequence information to communicate ideas
Understand that information can be based on different opinions or values

Identify information that is most relevant to needs
Understand that information can be biased

Structure evidence from different sources to form a valid conclusion

  Resources

 

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‘Glossary of Electoral Terms’
An engaging iPhone style glossary of electoral terminology.

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Format suits reluctant readers
Includes direct email link to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission for further clarification or explanation.


TEC created & owned content - Feel free to download & copy this glossary for educational use within your classroom.
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‘Electing 2 Houses of Parliament’
Infographic

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This info graphic is a great way to compare the election processes and makeup of the 2 Houses of Tasmania's Parliament.

Students could create their own version in pairs or a group of pairs, comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities in electing the 2 Houses.

TEC created & owned content – Feel free to download & copy this resource for educational use within your classroom.


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‘Electing 2 Houses of Parliament’
Poster / Game + teaching notes

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Use this resource online or offline, as an information poster, a springboard to further research, or as a puzzle in the teaching & assessment phases.


TEC created & owned content - Feel free to download & copy this resource for educational use within your classroom.

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'My Representatives'

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Use this tool developed by the TEC to discover who represents you in Local, State and Federal government.

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'A Look at 3 Levels of Government'

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A brief overview of what each level of government is responsible for and how you're represented at each level in Tasmania.

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Images of the 2014 State Election
(the House of Assembly Election)

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Discover if students or their family members were present at the Tally Room & listen to a retelling of their experiences. Examine the photographs & establish the various groups present – from media (in front of camera, behind the camera, printed press etc), to party faithful, to interested citizens, to party leaders, to TEC staff... Discuss the various reasons / roles these groups play in the evening. Make connections & comparisons to the National Tally Room.

Feel free to download & copy these images for educational use within your classroom.

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Images of a Local Government Election in action

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Use the image titles to help build a picture of what happens during a local government election. Compare the processes in evidence to the processes of the State Election:
- all votes are postal
- voting is not compulsory for local government elections
- compare the Tally Room to the State Election Tally Room

Feel free to download & copy these images for educational use within your classroom.

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‘Take a Vote: Make it Fair ’ animation

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Within the context of a school captain election, this animation explores issues of fairness, bias and coercion.

Introduced some general democratic processes involved in voting: one vote per person, secret ballot, independent counting & compulsory voting.

Includes printable summary of democratic voting principles.

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‘Take a Vote: Democracy ’ animation

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A slightly more complex version of the Make if Fair animation, where more sophisticated language is used.

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BTN Story ‘ Preferential Voting’

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This story illustrates a simple preferential voting process & is a good introduction to the concept. Note that numbers of candidates (choices), numbers of electors (voters), and the system used to count the votes (eg Hare Clark) impact on the process.

A key element of a preferential system is the requirement of an absolute majority (50% + 1). Note that this story is connected to a Federal Election. Note that Tasmanian electoral law doesn't allow for 'How To Vote cards' to be distributed on election day – indeed, all candidates must agree to have their names used on any such cards used during the campaign.

This story aired in the lead-up to the 2010 Federal Election.

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BTN Story ‘ Political Power’

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This story illustrates the complexities & principles for making democratic decisions in Australia.

Note that this story is connected to a Federal Election – see what similarities / connections students can identify with the Tasmanian situation as of 2010.

Use this story as a springboard to discuss how governments make laws.

This story aired in the lead-up to the 2010 Federal Election.

 

  Resources on the Web
| 3 Levels of Government | Australian Government | Local Government | Voting Processes | Active Citizenship |
3 Levels of Government  

         
PDF
'A Multi-tiered System: Governing Australia'
A comprehensive research paper from the Australian Parliamentary Education Office that explores the 3 levels of Government.
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Very informative backgrounder for teachers and older high school students.
         
Game
'Who Decides'
Clickable quiz that looks at many aspects of our daily lives & tests students' knowledge of which tier of government is responsible.
   
         

Australian Government  

         
Video
'House for the Nation'
4 part documentary produced for the Centenary of the Australian House of Representatives.
Includes 2 online quizzes.
   
         
Game
'Democracy Rules the Quest – 1'
Interactive keyboard controlled quiz which test students' knowledge on a wide range of aspects of Australian democracy. Part of the Discovering Democracy resource.
   
         
Animation
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'Counting Your Vote'
Animated explanation of the Australian Parliament & electorates - demonstrates contrast between the physical size & the population of electorates.
Demonstrates a variety of voting systems, eg secret ballot & preferential voting.
Includes a quiz and short overview of the houses of parliament.
   
         
PDF
‘Australian Systems of Government’
Fact sheet outlining Australia’s system of government.
   
         
Video
‘Governor General’
BTN story explaining the powers of the Governor General.
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Research the powers of Tasmania's Governor. Investigate the possibility of conducting an interview & creating a mock television news story, along the same lines.

This story aired in 2008, shortly after Quentin Bryce became Australia's Governor General.
         

Local Government  

         
Web Site
‘LGA’
Inviting site outlining the general responsibilities of local councils. Includes teaching units, a powerpoint presentation & a type of webcast.
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While this is produced in South Australia the information is largely transferrable to the Tasmanian experience.
         
Web Page
‘LGAT’ Tasmanian Local Government Association page containing useful background information.    
         

Voting Processes  

         
Quiz
‘Voting Challenge – What Do You Know?
Short quiz about general voting principles – a Discovering Democracy resource.
   
         
Animation
‘Preferential Slideshow’
Simple slideshow demonstrating the distribution of preferences. Introduces the term ‘exhausted vote’.
   
         
PDF
Comprehensive research guide including historic photos and documents.
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An informative backgrounder for teachers.
         
Web
Pages
‘Electoral Systems – Preferential Voting Systems’
Written & graphic representations of how preferential votes are counted.
   
         
Web
Page
‘Voting and Vote Counting’
Written & graphic representations of how preferential votes are counted in South Australia’s House of Assembly elections.
   
         

Active Citizenship  

         
Interactive
Game
‘Save our Bridge:Arguments’
Detailed interactive activity based around the issue of a new bridge in a local town.  Uses sound recordings, visual cues & written text. Requires students to interact, analyse, record information & make recommendations.
The Learning Federation  ID No L9973 .
(Use your Scootle login to access)
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Designed as an assessment piece.
Demonstrates a way to collect 1st hand data & opinions and present information, as well as a simplified illustration of a process local authorities might use to gauge public opinion.
(Incorrect responses are met with guidance & a chance to try again.)
         
Interactive
Game

‘Inprove our Town: Arguments’
Detailed interactive activity based around the issue of building a mall or a carpark in a local town. Uses sound recording, visual cues and written text. Requires students to interact, analyse, record information and make recommendations.
(The Learning Federation  ID No L9974 - use your Scootle login to access)

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Designed as an assessment piece.
Demonstrates a way to collect 1st hand data & opinions and present information, as well as a simplified illustration of a process local authorities might use to gauge public opinion.
(Incorrect responses are met with guidance & a chance to try again.)
         


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