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Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution


  • studying Australia’s path to Federation through an examination of key people (for example, Henry Parkes, Edmund Barton, George Reid, John Quick) and events (for example, the Tenterfield Oration, the Corowa Conference, the referendums held in the colonies between 1898 and 1900) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding)
  • comparing the model of Australian federalism with the original model of the United States of America to identify the US influence on Australia’s system of government (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • identifying key elements of Australia’s system of law and government and their origins (for example, the Magna Carta; federalism; constitutional monarchy; the Westminster system and the separation of powers - legislature, executive, judiciary; the houses of parliament; how laws are made) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding)

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