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Can We Really All Get Along?

The following activities have particular relevance to the Civics and Citizenship strand of the Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum at Years 5-9.  Click on the Curriculum links icon for more detail.

Discuss or answer the following questions after watching the film:

  1. At the start the film a presenter asks a student the question: 'What do you mean by "Australian person"?'  How would you answer this question?

  2. A student named Sujaffa says at one stage that 'conditions are not good right now.'  Why do you think Sujaffa might feel this way?  What might he be referring to?

  3. One of the Muslim students says that it is important to respect other religions.  She says: 'Even though you may not accept them, it is still important to respect them.'  What do you think is the difference between 'respecting' and 'accepting' when it comes to different cultures and religions?  Do you agree with this student?  Why or why not?

  4. At one stage the film focuses on assumptions people make about others based on their looks, name, clothes or religion.  The presenter says: 'We all do it!'  Why do you think this is?  Can you think of a time you made an assumption about someone that proved to be wrong?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of making assumptions about others?

  5. During the film, some students are asked to identify the one word that they believe best serves humanity.  What word would you choose?  Why?

  6. The film opens with screen text that says 'Australia is made up of so many different religions, cultures, beliefs and ideas – can we really get along?'  What's your response to this question?

  7. There are a number of quotes shown on the screen during the film from different cultures and religions.  Write your own statement or 'golden rule' to live by.

  8. When discussing Australian values on 21 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said: 'Freedom, equality of men and women, mutual respect, the rule of law, democracy, a fair go – that's our Australian values.'  Can you think of Australian values other than those mentioned by the Prime Minister?

  9. The Prime Minister went on to say that although we share our values with other democracies, 'There is something uniquely Australian about them'.  Which values do you consider to be particularly Australian?  Why? 

  10. Which values might we share with other countries?  Are some Australian values universal values? 

  11. The Prime Minister said that 'we are defined' by our national values.  What did he mean?  Do you think Australian values are important?  How does Australia preserve these values?  (Watch the footage from ABC news)

  12. While Australian values encourage respect for religious, cultural, and ethnic differences, there are also laws which ensure that people do not experience discrimination and prejudice.  To learn more about the Racial Discrimination Act, follow the link provided and complete the short quiz: http://www.differencedifferently.edu.au/differing_stories/part_4a.php