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A nation transformed: the impact of war on the home front
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A nation transformed: the impact of war on the home front

For better or worse, Australia's involvement in overseas conflicts has played an enormous part in forming our national identity. What happened on the Australian home front to make such a lasting impression?

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Alcohol: a killer in our midst
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Alcohol: a killer in our midst

People drink to relax, celebrate and have fun. Alcohol is part of most social occasions, but for many it can become far from enjoyable. Developing an addiction to alcohol affects the person's entire life, including family, work and health.

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Australia's burning summer
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Australia's burning summer

Every year in Australia as summer approaches we wait nervously for the high temperatures and strong winds that mean the start of the bushfire season. This year we don't know where, when, or if there will be a fire threat, but if there is, what should you do?

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Australia's natural predators
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Australia's natural predators

Australia is home to some of the most deadly creatures on earth; venomous spiders and snakes, giant sharks and huge saltwater crocodiles. Australia's natural predators are everywhere. Do you know where they hide or what to do if you see one?

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Australia's rush for gold
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Australia's rush for gold

In 1851, having just returned from the California gold fields, a man named William Hargraves took it upon himself to be the first to discover gold in Australia. He headed to Bathurst and the small threads of gold he discovered there triggered a rush of people from all over the world, all hoping t...

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Australian documentaries in the classroom
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Australian documentaries in the classroom

There are a number of reasons for screening and discussing Australian documentaries as part of the secondary school curriculum, apart from simply teaching students about the form itself.

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Australian identity: a cinematic roll call
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Australian identity: a cinematic roll call

Since the beginnings of cinema in Australia from around 1896, Australian films have charted a range of views of the Australian identity, and in this article, I have identified four main strands.

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Bigger than a health problem
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Bigger than a health problem

Obesity is now as an epidemic, and one in which Australia is a world leader. We have all heard the statistics, but what is it going to take for Australians to get off the couch and into the gym?

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Changing roles: women take up the fight
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Changing roles: women take up the fight

Nurses, entertainers, typists, factory workers, farm workers, journalists and cartographers are just some of the roles that women have played in Australia's wartime past.

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Deconstruct, decode, analyse and create!
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Deconstruct, decode, analyse and create!

Literacy has traditionally centered on reading and writing. The Information Age, however, requires an expanded definition of literacy that includes movies, television, the Internet, computers and other new technologies.

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Discussing terrorism in the classroom
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Discussing terrorism in the classroom

With everything that has happened in the world in the last five years, it has become impossible for teachers to ignore the issue of terrorism in the classroom. How do you answer students questions? How can you attempt to dispel the myths and generalisations surrounding such a complex issue?

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Dishing up genetics
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Dishing up genetics

Genetically modified (GM) is a term that most people would be familiar with. One of the most sensitive areas of genetic modification is food production. What strange genes are being spliced into our foods? Should we avoid these foods? Do we even know what they look like?

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Drought eats away at the soil of Australia
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Drought eats away at the soil of Australia

Drought is almost a feature of Australia's landscape. The idea of "droughts and flooding rains" is so much a part of our national identity that we have come to expect the dry spells. But as the current drought refuses to break we have to wonder how our rural communities are going to survive.

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Drugs in sport: the tip of the iceberg
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Drugs in sport: the tip of the iceberg

In 2004, the Australian media was filled with controversy relating to the use of drugs in sport. Why do althetes use drugs, how do they avoid detection and are authorities doing enough to catch cheating athletes?

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Faith is in the stars
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Faith is in the stars

Hollywood has stars, glitz, glamour and - it seems - faith in abundance. From the Western fascination with Buddhism to the new in religion, Kabbalah, Hollywood is an eclectic spiritual melting pot.


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Fighting to belong: Indigenous servicemen and women
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Fighting to belong: Indigenous servicemen and women

During World War One and Two Indigenous people were not officially allowed to join the armed services so many lied about their ethnicity in order to be admitted; this meant that for a long time Australians were not aware of how many Indigenous soldiers had given their lives in our nation's defence.

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Globalisation
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Globalisation

Countries, businesses and communities are increasingly working together. We look at how Globalisation works and how Australia can take advantage of this global economy.

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HIV/AIDS: It's time to educate our youth
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HIV/AIDS: It's time to educate our youth

As much as we would like it to, the effect of HIV/AIDS on our globe is not going away in the near future. It is therefore crucial that young Australians understand the issue and are adequately educated to step forward and make a difference.

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How have major events impacted on the tourism industry in Australia in recent years?
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How have major events impacted on the tourism industry in Australia in recent years?

Major events in Australia have the potential to attract both national and international visitors. The significance of this is that any new tourism into a region will generate economic activity and benefit the community, or does it?

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Illicit drug use in Australia
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Illicit drug use in Australia

Most Australians would be aware of the existence of illegal drugs but would not realise how widespread the use of these drugs actually is. Illegal drug use has seeped into Australian society, whether we like it or not.

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Immigration: Australia's changing face
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Immigration: Australia's changing face

From the White Australia Policy to the Pacific Solution we explore the ways in which the changing government policies toward immigration have shaped our country.


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Jabe Babe  a hybrid approach to documentary film
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Jabe Babe a hybrid approach to documentary film

Telling the story of a six foot two inch (188cm) tall woman who works as a dominatrix and suffers from a potentially life threatening genetic condition required a very unique film making approach.

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Journey through the solar system
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Journey through the solar system

Earth is part of a vast solar system that contains nine planets, numerous moons, asteroid belts, comets and meteors and at the centre of this system is the Sun.

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King Richard III and Looking For Richard (ETA)
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King Richard III and Looking For Richard (ETA)

In this elective students will explore how meanings of a pair of texts can be shaped and reshaped by considering the nature of the connections between them. Exploration of the connections between the texts will enhance understanding of the values and contexts of each text. Relationships between t...

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Learning to say no to racism
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Learning to say no to racism

Racism. No way! is a national anti-racism education project which assists Australian schools in recognising and countering racism in the learning environment.

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Learning to speak Australian
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Learning to speak Australian

Imagine a world where everything around you is incomprehensible. Words and sounds are unintelligible. If you can imagine all this, then you will have some understanding of the experience of many Australian people who have English as their second language.

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Living with dinosaurs
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Living with dinosaurs

Around 65 million years ago dinosaurs dominated a vastly different world to what we know today. How could a species that had survived for more than 165 million years suddenly die out, forgotten until people began discovering bones and putting the pieces back together?

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Majority call for smoking ban in pubs and clubs
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Majority call for smoking ban in pubs and clubs

In 2007 laws will finally be brought in prohibiting smoking in all indoor areas of pubs and clubs in NSW. Many feel that the ban cannot come fast enough while others argue that is a violation of smokers' rights. Which side of the non-smoking sign do you stand?

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More than 60 years on the impact of Hiroshima is still felt
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More than 60 years on the impact of Hiroshima is still felt

In a dramatic military strike intended to bring an end to World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Japan offered to surrender on 14 August 1945.

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Nightly TV News: the directors' cut
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Nightly TV News: the directors' cut

Are you in the picture? There's more to TV news than meets the eye. Do you put more thought into choosing what's for dinner than dissecting the nightly TV news?

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