The Australian Experience

These documentaries use a variety of primary sources to investigate issues in Australia's past. The programs encourage middle secondary students to critically analyse history and to appreciate its relevance as a means of understanding where we are today.

Discovering Australia's Aboriginal History
Encourages students to appreciate the different ways people view and present history, and to increase their awareness of the contribution of Aboriginal history to the wider Australian community.

Broad Outcomes:
- to encourage students to critically compare representations of people, events and issues in history;
- to encourage students to compare sources from particular periods to identify changing views;
- to assist students in developing informed personal views through discussing and considering the viewpoints and evidence presented by others; and
- to assist in investigating ideas, people or events that have contributed to Australia's identity.

Saving the Franklin
This program investigates the fight for the Franklin River in 1983. It highlights the conflict between conservationists and developers, presenting both points of view. It also looks at tactics used by each side in the fight such as the conservationists' claim about future power needs, and the Tasmanian government's enactment of new laws to protect its plan for a hydro-electric scheme.
Suitable for middle secondary students of Studies of Society and the Environment,SOSE/HSIE (time and identity).

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

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2 x 30 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66

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