Scroll along the timeline and find an event to investigate. The picture above is a screen capture from the timeline. I have used this as an example of an event you may wish to investigate further. Choose something that is of interest to you and be prepared to ‘tell’ not read about your chosen event to the grade. Your iPad is to be used for research not publishing. You may need to visit other sites to gather more information about your event.
Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Parliament House’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to answer the comprehension questions in your Language book.
- Don’t forget to proof read and edit your writing.
1. Where in Australia is Parliament House?
2. The House of Representatives is also known as the ________ house.
3. Apart from federal members who else can sit in the House of Representatives?
4. Describe the purpose of Question Time.
5. What does it mean when the speaker says ‘order’?
6. How many senators are there in the Senate?
7. What happens in the Prime Minister’s sitting room?
8. How much does the flag on top of Parliament House weigh?
9. Describe what the Parliament House building is designed to look like.
10. Can you name two past Australian Prime Ministers?
Once you have viewed this BtN story you need to summarise (in your own words of course!) what this story was about. Your summary should be detailed (like your summaries in your Literature Circles books) and should include paragraphs. It should also include the answer to some (not all) of the questions below.
How many years was Robert Menzies Australia’s prime minister?
Robert Menzies was best known for starting the Labor Party. True or false?
What big changes did John Howard make while he was prime minister?
In what decade was Bob Hawke prime minister?
Complete this sentence. Bob Hawke has gained the highest public _________ poll rating of a prime minster ever.
Who challenged Bob Hawke’s leadership?
What is a ‘leadership spill’?
Give an example of a prime minister that has had their leadership challenged.
What happened to prime minister Harold Holt?
How did Gough Whitlam lose his job as Australia’s prime minister?
You can write your summary into your language book.
Just to remind you of the preferential voting system you can watch these clips again if you wish.
Your task this week is to put together your own voting slip to determine
your peers’ preferences on a particular item.
You could do footy teams, favourite movies/ songs/ footwear/ hobbies/
animals/ sporting legends……..be original as we don’t want 20 of the same survey.
Use this link to create your own ballot form- remembering to change the number of preferences if you like.
make your selection of ‘candidates’- flavours, sports, songs, people etc. Then select ‘Create ballot paper’
We will share your voting slips to work out the resulted.
Using the preferential voting system you may be surprised by the outcomes.
Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘PM Scott Morrison’ then answer the following questions in your language book.
1. Before you watch the BTN story, record what you know about Scott Morrison.
2. Who was the Prime Minister before Scott Morrison?
3. What positions did Scott Morrison hold before he became Prime Minister?
4. Scott Morrison is our ________ Prime Minister in Australia?
5. How many PM’s have we had in 5 years?
6. Who chooses the leader of a political party?
7. Which politician started the challenge for the leadership?
8. Name three facts you learnt about Scott Morrison.
9. What questions do you have after watching the BTN story?
10. Do you agree with the decision to make Scott Morrison Prime Minister? Explain your answer.
1. At election time, people vote for the ______________ who are running in their________________
2. What is an electorate?
3. How many federal electorates are there in Australia?
4. How many square kilometres does the electorate of Grayndler
5. Which is the largest electorate in Australia? How many square kilometres does it cover?
6. How are electorates worked out?
7. Who are electorates named after?
8. What is a safe seat?
9. Why do politicians spend a lot of time campaigning in marginal seats?
What electorate are you in?
Now select your local council button as well. Are both shaded areas the same? Explain.
1. Before you watch the BtN New PM story, record what you know about Malcolm Turnbull.
2. Who was the Prime Minister before Malcolm Turnbull?
3. What did Malcolm Turnbull do before he became a politician?
4. Malcolm Turnbull has been leader of the Liberal Party before. True or false?
5. Why did he want to challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership?
6. Who decided that Malcolm Turnbull should become the Prime Minister?
7. Who is Australia’s youngest ever federal minister?
a. Jamie Briggs
b. Wyatt Roy
c. Ken Wyatt
8. Do you agree with the decision to make Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister? Explain your answer.
Today the role of the Australian Prime Minister is in the news. So to gain an understanding of the role of the Prime Minister you are going to do some research. (Remember to use the appropriate research skills to navigate on google!)
1. How many Prime Ministers have we had in Australia?
2. Who was the Australia’s first Prime Minister and what was their starting and finishing dates in the role?
3. Who was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister and how long were they in the role?
4. Who was Australia’s shortest serving Prime Minister and how long were the in the role?
5. How many different political parties have our Prime Ministers been leader of? What were the parties?
6. Name each of the Prime Ministers from your lifetime.
7. CHALLENGE TASK: Choose one Prime Minister and find out this information about them.
- Date of Birth
- Location of Birth
- Where are they from?
- What other jobs (outside of politics) did they do?
- What other jobs in politics have they held?
- How long were the PM?
- What are they doing now? If they have died explain when.
Click on the link above the view the BtN story ‘History of Voting’. After watching the clip answer the following discussion questions in your language book. Remember to proof read and edit your spelling and punctuation.
1. Who was allowed to vote in Australia in the 1800s?
2. What does suffrage mean?
3. Who were the suffragettes?
4. When did women get the right to vote in Australia?
5. When did all Indigenous people get the right to vote in federal
6. In which year did the voting age change from 21 to 18 years of age?
7. Voting in Australia is not compulsory. True or false?
8. Do you think the right to vote is important? Explain your answer.