2. Learning Intentions
What does being a citizen really mean?
What rights and responsibilities do we have and why do we need
What threats to our society is there and how can being an active
participant in democracy help solve this?
3. Key Terms:
Slush fund, Political donations, Bribery, Watchdog
You are a citizen, you have the rights given to you by the constitution of
Australia. You have responsibilities to uphold that allows you these rights
however, and it is important to be able to recognise what your obligations to
your fellow citizens are, and how this creates the society we live in.
6. Big Picture
One major change in the idea of citizenship is whether or not we
have international rights and responsibilities as well. Are we just
Australian, or could we be a member of something much larger, a
member of humanity as a whole?
7. Key Questions
What does being a national citizen mean?
What are my rights and responsibilities as a national citizen and how
does it shape a "civil society"?
What does being an international citizen mean?
What are my rights and responsibilities as an international citizen
and how does it shape an "international community"?
8. The Rights and Responsibilities of an
A right is something that is protected in law that gives us protection
or freedom to express ourselves and/or live our lives. We have the
right to go to school and to be protected from many forms of
A responsibility is something that we, as citizens, must do to continue
to live in our society. Obeying the law is one of the most important
responsibilities we have, if we don't we can be removed from
society and placed in jail.
9. Political Corruption
Political corruption is the use of powers by government officials for
illegitimate private gain, it is a major threat to civil society as it allows
people to disrupt the democratic process for their own personal
10. Independent Commission Against
In NSW there has been startling revelations about what the elected officials have
been doing, especially when there has been no watchdog making sure they
have been following the rules.
In NSW, there needed an independent tribunal set up to investigate corruption
within NSW. It was called the Independent Commission Against Corruption.