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Politics, Politicians and Government

Author: Sharon Hannah
ISBN: 9781920824792

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It has been often said that democracy is strongest where education is strongest, and an essential part of this education is learning about the democracy in which we live. The legislation of universal and compulsory suffrage in Australia gives the average citizen a say in the governing of their country that many others in the world do not have, or do not choose to exercise However many young people, and many of those not so young, seem bewildered by the fundamental who, what, where, and how of government.

Politics, Politicians and Government is an essential resource for any educator teaching about the society we live in. The text examines the nature of governments, the birth of democracy and other systems of government in use around the world before directing its focus to Australia. The history and evolution of the Australian political system, from penal colony and the evolution of Australian Democracy through the separate colonial governments and federation to the system we still have today, is examined and explained.

Through the text and a series of interactive exercises the students become aware of the basic building blocks of Australian parliamentary democracy such as

  • the three levels of Government
  • elections and how they are run
  • electorates and how they are designed
  • politicians, political parties and lobby groups
  • the formation of governments
  • universal suffrage and the debate over compulsory voting
  • election campaigns
  • the mechanics of parliament and how laws are enacted
  • the constitution and referendums
  • the future - Republic, e-Government or what?

This teaching resource is designed to be used by any level from junior high school through to adult and migrant education classes and includes group activities, class discussion topics, individual research assignments and extension exercises.

Politics, Politicians and Government is an essential resource for educating students about how the society we live in is governed, and how they can participate in it.

Additional Information

Subtitle Understanding How We are Governed
Author Sharon Hannah
Series Name Social Science Series
Series Number No
ISBN 9781920824792
Format Paperback
Pages No
Publisher Knowledge Books and Software
Publication Date 26/05/2004
Curriculum N/A
Weight (kg) 0.5000