On July 2 this year Australia goes to the polls. Hot on its heels will be the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum (July 23), followed by the US Presidential election on November 8. In 2016, over 100 major elections will be run all around the world by state and national governments.
How much do your students know and understand about our form of democracy? How many think that Australia has a president? Do they know that most Australians won’t vote directly for our next Prime Minister? And do they understand that a double dissolution of parliament means
that in this election every seat in the Parliament is vacant?
Events like elections provide an opportunity to explore the civics and citizenship curriculum. To consider how our government runs, and to engage students in real life democratic fact checking!
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Follow the news
is collecting all of its articles related to the federal election, including explainers and fact checks, at one click. Articles are free to access and reuse, and are suitable for secondary classrooms.
For primary classrooms, Behind the News
is keeping up-to-date with stories including a very engaging explanation of the three levels of government.
Scootle has a large collection of resources linked to the Australian Curriculum civics and citizenship; or try these search terms: voting, elections,
Discovering Democracy, suffrage, and referenda.