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Watch the Trailer of Talkback Classroom, where Australian secondary students interview leading decision makers about the issues that matter.

Watch the Learning Journey videos as students shape their own topic of enquiry with research, lots of interviews and on-location investigation. Follow the students on their field trips as they investigate topics like Indigenous Rights, Australian History, Water, Energy, Political Satire and Sport.

Watch Highlights from the Talkback Classroom Forums recorded in front of a live student audience at the National Museum of Australia.

Explore and download the FREE-for-education documentary resources on all the key topics of enquiry complete with 2 page study notes.

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

In 1967 the overwhelming majority of Australians gave the Federal Government a clear mandate to implement policies to benefit Aborigines. How far have we come?

Journey with the students as they ask the hard questions about rights for indigenous Australians.

Featuring the first Aboriginal female Cabinet Minister in an Australian Government Marion Scrymgour, Teacher and Murray Island Elder Douglas Bon, Aboriginal Tent Embassy representative Robert Craigie, Gunbalunya community indigenous elder Harry Thompson and Repatriation Officer George Taylor.

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY

What do students want to learn in a national history curriculum?

From war on film, writing historical fiction and the significant collections of historical objects that bring stories from the past to life, journey with the students as they investigate how Australian history might be taught.

Featuring director Alister Grierson talking about his war drama feature film Kokoda, award winning history fiction writer Nadia Wheatley and Powerhouse Museum Senior Curator Dr Kimberley Webber.

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WATER

Is water the ‘oil of the 21st century’?

From water tanks to the politics of water recycling and water allocation, journey with the students as they investigate the competing demands for this precious resource.

Featuring leading advocate for recycled water and former Mayor of Toowoomba Di Thorley, Queensland Farmers Federation Chief Executive John Cherry, spokesperson for sustainable agriculture, Greens candidate Larissa Waters and Mayor of Jondaryan Shire Peter Taylor.

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ENERGY

Is nuclear power the answer to climate change?

From the impact of uranium mining, to the debate of economy versus environment and the increasing pressure of a rapidly growing population, journey with Australian and Korean students as they gain a first-hand understanding of global energy demands.

Featuring Kakadu National Park Head Ranger Paul Styles, Aboriginal elder Jacob Nayinggul and Northern Territory Senator Trish Crossin.

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Broadband MP4 energy_bb.mp4 (15.60MB), suitable for iPods and computer downloads.

POLITICAL SATIRE

Can political satire be subversive as well as entertaining?

From entertainment to another ‘voice’ in a healthy democracy, students investigate how cartoons are shaped from the idea to the drawing board. Journey with the students as they learn how satirists deal with serious issues and hold the powerful to account.

Featuring Academy award winning animator and political cartoonist Bruce Petty, avid collector and often subject of political cartoons, Federal MP Joe Hockey and editorial cartoonist for newspapers including The Canberra Times David Pope.

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SPORT

From training discipline, to injury, to negotiating drugs in sport, what does an elite athlete need to deal with to compete at an international level?

2008 - the year of the Beijing Olympics - is a big year for sport. It is also the centenary of the National Rugby League (NRL) and the launch of the first National Sports Museum. Journey with the students as they investigate the issues that matter when it comes to sport.

Featuring ‘Awesome Foursome’ Olympic medalist Nick Green, ex-AFL star Glenn Manton and Victorian Minister for Sport and Youth James Merlino.

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