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 more of the following activities.

  1. To build your understanding of how the two chambers of the Parliament of Australia work to turn a Bill into law, visit the Parliamentary Education Office's ‘Kidsview – Parliament in Focus’ interactive. Click on ‘Law making’ to access ‘Pass the Bill’, then follow the instructions for this online interactive.
  2. The road to Federation involved many meetings and debates in order to resolve issues that faced the colony of South Australia. As a class, brainstorm a list of current school, local, State or national issues that affect you. Decide what changes are needed. How could the issue or issues be successfully resolved? What actions can you and your classmates take? How can you get the community involved in the process? Present your ideas for resolving the issue to your school council, local council or member of parliament.