Voting and belonging: Background

Tuning in

Some Australians take their right to vote for granted. The history of suffrage has involved many struggles, especially for women and Indigenous people.

  1. Watch the Australian Electoral Commission's History of voting. This online animation takes you on a brief journey through the history of the franchise in Australia.

    As you watch the animation, take notes about women and Indigenous people being enfranchised. Remember to click on the icons under the main animation to find out additional information.

    Record your notes on the History of the franchise in Australia handout

    Test your knowledge of the history of the franchise in Australia by taking the Australian Electoral Commission's History challenge. This is a quick multiple-choice quiz. There is an opportunity to re-answer any questions you answered incorrectly at the end of the quiz.

    You can use the notes that you have taken to help you answer the questions if needed.

  2. Now that you are tuned in, show what you know about women and Indigenous people being enfranchised in Australia by completing one of the following tasks.

    1. Create a comic strip for 'We've come a long way' using the Australian Electoral Commission's Comic creations. The first frame has been created for you. Add people, speech bubbles and backgrounds to create the other scenes.

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    2. Download Hot Potato to create your own interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence crossword, providing matching/ordering or fill-the-gap exercises for a classmate to complete.

      Remember to get your teacher's permission to download the software onto your school's computer system.