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Year 6 civics presentation on Australian governments

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  • Hi All,

    After what seems like forever I have finally finished my powerpoint presentation. After a week of trying to fit some study in, between the interruptions of school holiday activities, I have managed to complete something.

    It has been a long time since I last used powerpoint, it must more than ten years. Much to my surprise, I found most of the exercise relatively painless as far as the technicalities. I think the first hurdle was to try and find a subject that I found to be difficult to engage with myself, therefore, making it difficult for me to 'hook' the students. Having found out in the last few days of Term 1 that I was going to be having Grade 6 for my EPL, I wanted to attempt something that I may be able to use and trial in the classroom. So eventally I decided on civics with a focus on Australian Government structure, I am sure most grade 6 students would be far from enthused with such a topic.

    I began searching the internet for ideas on content as well as presentation. I spent many an hour reading and trying to succinctly notate the various government types and functions. I found this to be quite difficult as the subject matter is relatively complex. I still feel that it may be a bit wordy and I am sure that what I have here is just one of many drafts that will occur.

    As far as presentation went I found a free download of Australian flags on http://www.indezine.com/ . Once I finally worked out where the templates saved to in powerpoint and on my computer I was off and running. As I had made extensive notes throughout my research, and I was familiar with the formatting procedures I had little trouble with the basic content. However, I did want to extend my knowledge and challenge myself. So last night I decided I would like to embed a youtube video into my presentation. I found a website that could help me out, http://www.wikihow.com/Embed-YouTube-Flash-Videos-in-Your-PowerPoint-Presentations , it had easy to follow instructions on where to go and what to do for powerpoint 2003. What I thought was going to take me hours, was done in a very short amount of time. In doing this I manged to delete two very wordy slides and relpace them with a 1 minute video. I am sure that the infomation in the video would be far more engaging than all the text that had been there previously.

    I am hoping that through this presentation that I can at least make a first attempt at trying to engage year 6 students in the important but often dull topic of Australian Government. I do want to take this topic further and develop it. As I was undertaking the task I realised the shortcomings in my own education on this subject. I think powerpoint is a great tool to get a message across in a succinct and visual manner that will engage the students. Once the topic has been broadly presented hopefully further discussion and indepth analysis will follow in a more enthusatic manner. I am not sure if that will be the case in this instance, but hopefully it will be a springboard for future presentations.




    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Kylie
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Australian Governments Australian Governments Presentation Transcript

  • Who is governing you? The structure of Australian government
  • Australia is ruled by democratically elected governments and councils
  • What is a democracy?
  • What governments rule in Australia and what do they rule?
  • There are 3 levels of elected government in Australia: 1. Commonwealth 2. State 3. Local Councils
  • Commonwealth Parliament has the power to make laws for all Australians
  • The Commonwealth Parliament consists of: 1. British Monarch (Queen) 2. Governor General ( Ms Quentin Bryce AC) 3. Two Houses of Government The Upper House (Senate) The Lower House ( House of Representatives)
  • What do the two Houses of government do?
  • The Senate is often referred to as the “House of the States”. It allows equal representation of the states regardless of population. The Senate consists of 76 members, 12 from each of the six states, and 2each from the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
  • The House of Representatives is often referred to as the “House of Government”. This is because the party that holds the most seats in the House of Representatives governs. The House of Representatives has 150 members
  • Any proposed law changes, known as Bills, have to be passed in both Houses and agreed to by the Governor General before they can become laws or Acts of Parliament.
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  • The Federal government is broadly responsible for: Taxation and Economic matters National Security Foreign Affairs Welfare Communication
  • Federal Elections are held at least every 3 years, the next is due by November, 2010 Most Australian citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. In fact it is law, if you are eligible you must enroll, as voting is compulsory in Australia
  • Each State and Territory has its own Government and Parliament
  • Most of them have two houses like the Commonwealth Government 1. Legislative Council (like the Senate) 2. Legislative Assembly (like the House of Representatives) Queensland and the Northern Territory have just the one, the Legislative Assembly
  • For laws to be passed in the States they must go through the same process as they do for the Commonwealth Government
  • State elections are held every 4 years and also have compulsory voting
  • The States are largely responsible for: Health Education Policing
  • Local Government or Councils (In Queensland) were established to provide support and representation for the Commonwealth and State Governments on a local level.
  • There are 73 regional councils in Queensland, represented by 553 councillors, of which 73 are Mayors. Council elections are held every 4 years
  • Regional councils are largely responsible for community needs such as: Waste/Rubbish collection Public Recreational facilities (pools, parks etc.) Town Planning
  • References:
    • Internet: http://www.indezine.com/
    • http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Democracy
    • http://www.parliament.curriculum.edu.au/comm.htm
    • http://www.gg.gov.au/governorgeneral/category.php?id=2
    • http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/advocacy/advocacy_article.jsp?articleId=2404
    • Government in Australia (2003). [Online], Available: www.kidcyber.com.au
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Legislative_Process_in_Australia_flowchart.png
    • http://www.qld.gov.au/government/system-of-government.html
    • http://www.dip.qld.gov.au/about-local-government-and-councils/index.php
    • http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/anthem.cfm#download
    • http://www.wikihow.com/Embed-YouTube-Flash-Videos-in-Your-PowerPoint-Presentations
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arn8Fp1jyok
  • Copyright, Concept & Creation: Geetesh Bajaj