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Civics, Citizenship and Laws

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Australian Colonies

Democracy and Australian Governance

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Australian Colonies

On the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans establish a penal colony on our shores in response to the mass social upheaval that had developed back in the British homeland. It was a means to an end of something the British establishment desperately wanted to go away, a solution to a very large problem. Most convicts were unwilling participants in this experiment, and they became the latest group of migrants to land on the continent. Their existence and struggle helped shaped Australia’s identity to become what it is today.

Read and learn about how a British law called terra nullius brutally impacted the lives of the original indigenous inhabitants during this time, the Australian aboriginals.
The consequences of this law and brutal behaviour of the new colonists caused extensive loss of life and displacement of indigenous populations, ultimately depriving indigenous peoples of retaining ownership of the land they had inhabited for thousands of years, up until 1788.

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Australian Colonies

On the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, Europeans establish a penal colony on our shores in response to the mass social upheaval that had developed back in the British homeland. It was a means to an end of something the British establishment desperately wanted to go away, a solution to a very large problem. Most convicts were unwilling participants in this experiment, and they became the latest group of migrants to land on the continent. Their existence and struggle helped shaped Australia’s identity to become what it is today.

Read and learn about how a British law called terra nullius brutally impacted the lives of the original indigenous inhabitants during this time, the Australian aboriginals.
The consequences of this law and brutal behaviour of the new colonists caused extensive loss of life and displacement of indigenous populations, ultimately depriving indigenous peoples of retaining ownership of the land they had inhabited for thousands of years, up until 1788.

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Australia becoming a nation – Change in Australian Society
Australia becoming a nation – Federation
Australia becoming a nation – Immigration
Australia becoming a nation – Suffrage

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Yr 6 Australia becoming a nation-Change in Australian Society
Yr 6 Australia becoming a nation-Federation 1901
Yr 6 Australia becoming a nation-Immigration
Yr 6 Australia becoming a nation-Suffrage
Yr 6 Australia becoming a nation-System of Government
The Greatest Constitutional Document of All Time
The Australian Constitution
Separation of Powers
Separation of Powers Checks and Balances
The Australian Judiciary
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Australian Levels of Government
Timeline Towards Federation
Establishing Australia’s First Legal System
Democracy in Australia
Types of Government Venn Diagram