A drought is where there has been little to no rain for months or sometimes even years. This past couple of years it has been extremely hard for some farmers because they live in Queensland and they are in the sunshine state (as they call it.) 2 boys called Lochy and Angus both live in the farm areas of Queensland and are having it really tough because because it is hard for them to grow seed, veggies, fruit and even grass to feed their animals. Just imagine for us it probably only takes us 5-25 minutes to get to school and for some kids, it take’s 2 hours. Now 90% of Queensland is declared in drought, that’s the most widespread drought in the state they’ve ever recorded. Now the 2 boys are just hoping for rain but they said that they will never give we up the country even if there are droughts.
I understand what droughts can do to some families and how they are really bad for our living.
how is it possible for there to be no rain if Queensland is right next to the ocean?
In almost every little or big town in Australia, there are little reminders everywhere about what the First world war cost our country. and people. More than 60 thousand people died during the war and almost no community or town wasn’t affected by the war. Jack Shaw thinks it would’ve been terribly hard for everyone who’s relatives go to the war and not know if they would return, knowing that everyone would return. But they still know that their fighting for everyone in our country. mJack Shaw’s great, great uncles Rufus and Cyril Rigney were with 21 other Ngarrindjeri men who went off to war. Rufus was the youngest at 16 years and had to lie about his age to enroll. Aboriginal, Australians weren’t even considered a citizen of their own home back then (unfair right). Even though they’ve fought against all our Aussies (us) in every single war we’ve ever been in. About 800 Aboriginal men enrolled in the 1st world war and thousands of men in the second. Many wanted to see the outside world and get a higher pay so they went to war. In Australia, back then they didn’t have the basic rights like we do nowadays, but then as soldiers got treated the same as any other of their fellow soldiers and some went up to high military positions (army positions). Neither Rufus or Cyril made it home, as they both died in Europe. but In 2004 a student Donna saw the memorial and decided to do a project on it. She found that Rufus had a grave in Belgium and saved up to visit. She brought back some dirt from his grave so his relatives could say goodbye properly. 2 years after that a cousin went and performed a traditional fire dance. The trip became regular a pilgrimage called connecting spirits. Every two-year students go and visit the grave of Aussie soldiers who they researched. Jake Shaw- Said, it was a big thing for all the families that had people leaving. It doesn’t matter what they look like and their skin color doesn’t change the sacrifice they made for our country.
I understand how important it was for the aborigines on ANZAC day, their rights, how it is important to respect the family who lost people in war and to never judge anyone.
Why did Rufus want to go to war and lie about his age
some people are addicted to social media and keep posting and posting to get more likes and comments on their posts but what you don’t know is that there are people working behind the senses and know more about you than you think. There are people called hacker’s you have probably heard of them before, and they can find out where you live, your education, your friends (sometimes family) and even make a map of what they think you are like. Some sites like facebook like to target ads specifically for you. But now a guy called Christoper Wylie claims that a big US research company he used to work for called Cambridge Analycita was collecting information for people inappropriately and may have used the data they collected to influence the 2016 US presidential election, and here is what happened. Now you know those quiz’s you can take online that are really fun like “What personality do you have? or What type of shoe you have?” yeah I mean them. although they are really fun most of the time you have to give some personal information about your self, that could be anything like your name, date of birth and your email. that’s when Christoper said the trouble started. In 2014 Cambridge Analycita started taking the information from the people who did those quizzes and used that information to target ads advertising Donald Trump and that might have helped him win the 2016 presidential election and become president. Now people think that the data from Facebook may have also tampered the votes for the Brexit vote. (when the United Kingdom decided the leave the European Union. when this news came out came out let’s just say people weren’t happy. in fact, people now because it was such a big scandal decided to leave Facebook for good. And now there is a new hashtag #deletefacebook and it has been trending more and more and Facebook is taking a tumble down and becoming less and less popular.
I understand that there are lots of things you can do online that try to get you to give your personal information and that they always try to get as much information out of you as they can.
Why did they want to start taking information off people?
Voting hasn’t always been the same through out Australia’s history. In the early 1800’s women couldn’t even vote because people thought they were we were to emotional and not educated enough about politics and voting to get a say. That’s why in the late 1800’s women started wanting change for once and respect. Women started debating, wrote articles and petitions along with protesting and could even go to jail for wanting rights. But in later on the women got what they wanted a right to vote and have a say in 1902. Australia was one of the first official countries to let women vote for the whole of Australia (federal elections) and to have there say go to the Federal Parliament. But it still took round about 2 decades for all the other states to follow on. Even tho now women are aloud to vote Indigenous Australians still weren’t permitted to vote (unfair). But then finally in 1949 Indigenous people in Australia were aloud to vote in the federal elections,but only the ones who fort in the army could vote not all Indigenous people were aloud yet. It took another 13 years (thats a long time) until all Indigenous Australians were aloud to vote in federal elections. Now a days your aloud to vote only when your 18 or older, and that was not until 1973 that you aloud to vote unless you were 21 or older. Australia is one of many countries were you actually aloud have to vote or have a say, and if you don’t vote because it is illegal not to vote you get fined a small amount and that rule started in 1924 and is still going.
I understand that lots of rules have changes over time and it affects us in good and bad ways.
Back in the day why did they chose 21 and not another number?
The btn was about people who have perspectives about Australia day. For most of us it is a celebration for the British in 1700s who found Australia for us. but for the some of the aborigines it is a day that they remember as invasion day because that is when the British took their land. on the 200th year of Australia day 26th of Jan 1988 you would have been able to see a lot of aborigines protesting. Some people thought we should change the day of Australia day so most aborigines could celebrate it as a great day and not invasion day. it’s of people thought we should change the day of Australia day to 1st of Jan because thats when our country federated, some people think the 25th of Jan a day before the British arrived so the last day the aborigines owned the land and some people think Australia should share the 25th of April which is ANZAC day as well as some people think it should be on the day Australia’s first federal parliament was opened or wattled day in September. Australia has not been changed yet but they are thinking about changing it.
I understand the different ways people can react to the same day
why did they send convicts to Australia and not other countries?
In Australia we have 3 levels of government federal, state and local each of these types of government take care of a different parts and they have different powers and control. The highest level of government in Australia is the federal. the federal takes care the whole of Australia which includes defence, immigration, money, trade, communication and environment. The second highest is state and it takes care of the 6 states in Australia and the different jobs state does are education, health services, roads and trains and lastly agriculture and some others. then there is local which has over 500 local governments in Australia and they take care of local things in your area like rubbish, pets, buildings and permits. But before the 3 levels or a federation everyone was doing there own thing. then in 1901 all the states in Australia federated and became one country. But as time went on more and more people started coming to Australia and soon enough they needed more types of government so the state government gave most of there power to the federal government. then in the 1970s local governments became popular and that’s what gave the people there own money and places to live.
i understand the responsibilities of the 3 types/levels of government
I understand the 3 levels of government and how they were created
whos idea was it to federate the whole country?
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Australia day is where family gets together and has a big bqq right well there is actually a different reason why we have it. Back in 1700 ( around there I am not 100% sure what date ) captain Arthur Phillip was leading the first fleet to Australia they weren’t sure what to expect but they thought it would not be good. They arrived in Australia at 26th of January 1788 in Camp Cove that is in Port Jackson ( around Canberra ) and they stayed there for years and years and while they were staying there they discovered other parts of Australia to. Australia day actually used to be called foundation day but the people didn’t like the name so they changed it to Australia day which is held on the 26th of January every year.
I know now that Australia day is named by the people because they didn’t agree
Why didn’t they chose a different captain?
how did they chose the name foundation day?
Back in the day (700bc) it was the ancient Greeks in Athens who came up with the idea of the rich not poor men were voting for what they think is right they also said that if you were a women, a slave or poor you could not vote. the word democracy came from two greek words… Demos= people and Kratos=rule or power and thats how they made the word democracy. But then time change and democracy was no longer common because then in England came kings and queens to make the rules which is called monarchy which means that kings and queens rule the country and make all the dissensions for you and you got no say in what you thought was right. After that a document came out called Manga Carta made England’s monarchy more or at least a bit more fair to the people that lived there. It promise the people basic needs and slowly from there democracy became more and more popular. Now days democracy has became one of the most form of government around the word. But instead of everyone going to meet and vote on the laws we now have a government called a representative democracy where all the people vote for one person to represent all the people in Parliament. they are called politicians and it is there job to make sure all there voters voices are heard in a national level. A good politician has to make sure all the people get freedom of speech, equal rights and the right to justice that is how democracy is in Australia but there are other types of government as well like in Saudi Arabia are a absolute monarchy you are born in the role to one day be king or queen there is dictation ship is very similar to the absolute monarchy but they not born a royal they also normally rule a country by force like north Korea the people don’t really have many rights and control the people and they don’t take very much care of them as well. But Australia’s government ( democracy) is to listen to the people make sure that everyone is equal and everyone has the same rights and not everyone agrees to it but it has been working well because we have good government and good politics to represent us.
I understand that democracy is the fairest in my opinion government
I understand what democracy is and what the other governments are and how they work
Why are some places still monarchy?
What made England came up with monarchy in the first place?
That the schools are not getting enough funding to pay for their buildings and equipment.
Public schools get payed more from the government and private schools get payed more from the federal government.
Public schools get more money from the government while private school don’t get payed as much because the parents pay more to go their so they use the money the parents/guardians give for the child to go to the school.
the government should listen to what the schools need.
why isn’t the government giving to schools the money they need?
why does the federal government give money to the private schools instead of the public?
only 15k from Sydney is dragon territory. the weedy sea dragon is one of the listed endangered animals. these cool looking animals live in seaweed because they loved to drift with it.
but now scientist say that because of climate change, these wonderful animals may become excitant forever. so they have told other scientist around Australia to take a picture whenever they see them. because each dragon has its own unique design on it.
so maybe the next time you go to work or school maybe think of taking your bike instead of your car, to help reduce climate change and to help save these awesome animals.