This term the year 5/6 at Moonee ponds primary school studied and learnt about, the 3 levels of government, the road to federation and issues in Australia. With our issues we wrote a letter to whom it concerned, for example I am writing to Mr.G.Hunter (the environment minister) about the rain forest cutting in Tasmania.
3 Things I remember:
1.The fact that all of the states in Australia sends many numbers a of representatives an d the territories (Northern territory and Canberra) only send 2 representatives for each house!
2 I found it surprising when I found out that W.A (Western Australia) and Queensland were not always part of the Australian commonwealth. This means that they didn’t have a government and they didn’t follow the same rules as the rest of the country.
3 I found it interesting when I was on my own working on the rain forests in Tasmania. I found out that some of the trees in there are over 5000 years old! This i found very surprising because the minister of Tasmania wants to cut these trees down! 🙁
2 Understandings I now have:
1 I understand that every one (over the age of 18) votes for a minister. That minister has to contribute peoples ideas to parliament. That way everyone gets heard through one voice.
2 I understand that there is a minister for pretty much everything. There’s one for education, environment, health, welfare, ect.
1 Question or Wondering I still have:
1 Are they going to stop the rain forest cutting in Tasmania?
What is the most important thing I learnt?:
1 The most important thing I learnt is that parliament and whose in charge is a big fuss for sum people because they want someone they trust to be in charge and if they don’t get who they voted for, there will be lots of arguments through out the country.
How did I learn it?:
1 I learnt it through ‘Behind the news’ a program that the year 6’s in my class use for a homework assignment.
What am I going to do with it?:
1 I am going to use it in the future so I can vote for the right person responsibly. 🙂