You are to attend the museum in your own time or time allocated for this on yourtimetable. Allow at least 3 hours to have a look around, participate in the activities and answer the questions related to diverse people.
Take the official Australian citizenship practice test Did you pass? Please explain briefly the questions that you got wrong (if any).
- Watch Pauline Hanson’s 1996 video
- What did you think of Pauline Hanson’s speech?
- How did it make you feel as an Indigenous Australian or a recent migrant?
- Do you agree with some of her thoughts? Explain your response briefly
Watch Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology to the Stolen Generations video
What was your personal response to this moment in Australia’s political history?
Did you find it an emotional experience?
Did you agree or disagree with saying sorry?
Did it affect you directly?
Poh wanted to be like everyone else in her new country and was “Desperately wanting to assimilate as a child migrant, I shed everything that made me feel different in my new country. “
Why do we need to belong?
Who do you belong with?
Difference is not an easy thing to accommodate. It's not simple to embrace and respect and defend cultures that are different to your own. That's the nature if you like of human relationships. We gotta work and build on it. And it’s by having these sorts of debates, getting people to think about it and talk about it that we're going to move along.”
Who fits in? Who doesn’t? And who gets to decide?
Let us keep before us the noble ideal of a white Australia, a snow-white Australia if you will. Let us be pure and spotless”Reverend James Back Ronald, member of House of Representatives, 1901 Describe briefly what was the white Australia policy and when was itabolished?
We pride ourselves on our generosity and the diversity of our society. Walking down our city streets we are surrounded by difference. But how do we feel when difference moves in next door? Or sits next to us on the tram or in the classroom?