What are you Thinking Now?

Now that you have completed the investigations in Road to Federation, use your knowledge to explore connections to your life today. Do one or both of the following activities.

  1. Political cartoons are an effective way of conveying a political point of view. As a class, build a collection of political cartoons for a week or two. Display the cartoons. Discuss the point that each cartoon is trying to make and identify the qualities that make each one effective. Create your own political cartoon to critique a situation in your community or school.
  2. Federation aroused deep passions in Queenslanders, and the people of the other Australian colonies. At the turn of the 20th century, political campaigning relied on newspaper circulation and gifted speakers. How different is political campaigning today to that of the 1890s? Plan a campaign to raise awareness on an issue that is important to you, your community or your school, using different types of media and methods to promote your views.