One hundred years on from the day Australian soldiers first landed at Gallipoli, Behind the News is giving kids a special insight into this formative event. From the strategy behind the battle, to what life was like in the trenches and how things unfolded on the other side; well take a look at this famous battle from every angle. Plus, well have an Anzac day quiz to test yourself on too.
The federal government has confirmed it's chipping in a extra $100 million to tackle the environmental problems plaguing the Great Barrier Reef; this week, Australia will pay tribute to its 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, who died recently aged 84. We take a closer look at what Australia was like when he took power and how it changed during his time in office. There are teacher resources available for these two stories.
Aid agencies have now declared cyclone Pam one of the worst natural disasters to hit the pacific. Seventy percent of the population of Vanuatu has been left homeless by it, and every school there has been badly damaged or destroyed. We meet some of the kids of Vanuatu to find out exactly what happened and what they need now to get back on their feet. There are teaching resources for this story and our story on Bionic Body.
Friday March the 20th is the National Day of Action Against Bullying, and this year, Behind the News wants to encourage all kids to stand up for those who need it, whether in class, in the playground or online. So we've come up with the #BehindYou campaign. We're asking all schools to get involved.
Is it blue and black, or white and gold? That one simple question got millions of people fired up last week, after a picture of a dress with a debateable colour scheme went viral. There are teacher resources available for Too Loud and Andy Griffiths Writing Lessons.
BtN looks at the history of the death penalty and the countries that still practice it. Also, should we change the census? There are teacher resources on this topic and the story, Drought Doco.
Fifty years ago, 29 university students left Sydney to tour rural New South Wales. The trip was led by the university's first Aboriginal student and it highlighted many of the problems facing Indigenous people at that time. Now, some kids are involved in a recreation of this important event. We also have teacher resources on our Solar Energy and Upcycling Kids stories.
Australia doesn't have a nuclear industry. But one Australian state has decided it now wants to investigate the idea. They've called a royal commission to look into it. But who needs a royal commission when you have BtN? There are teacher resources for this story and our story on Chinese Migration.
The release of journalist Peter Greste came as a huge relief to the thousands of people who'd campaigned for his release from an Egyptian jail. But how many other journalists are still facing a similar situation around the world; Prime Minister Tony Abbott spent this week fighting for his job, after his falling popularity spooked some of his colleagues into considering a leadership change. That situation is all still playing out. But how do politicians know if a leader is popular or not, if they haven't just been through an election? The answer is opinion polls. Plus, there are teaching resources for our stories on Dairy Diet and World Media Day.
This week we look at the controversy surrounding the PM awarding a knighthood to Prince Phillip and protests on the Manus Island Detention Centre. There are teaching resources available for our stories on Bushfire Escape and Australian Anthem.
To celebrate our final show of the year, BTN is taking a look back at 2014. What were the biggest headlines across Australia? What overseas events really got us talking? And which kids inspired us most with their amazing stories? We'll sort through it all to bring you the biggest and best moments - plus a whole lot of fun. And as an added bonus, we're also pulling together the biggest quiz in BtN's history. Play along at school or at home, as we look back over the year that was. All that and more on BtN this week.
As Australia and China have just agreed on a free trade deal we ask exactly what they are and how they benefit us; as the weather gets hotter and more Australian kids hit the water, there's been a warning issued about the dangers of a quick dip; the world's oldest and largest environmental organisation has released a list of endangered plants and animals around the world; launching a satellite is a big deal - it costs many millions of dollars and years of hard work. But now some primary schools are launching satellites of their own and finally; we meet a young writer who dreams of having her short farmyard stories published for kids all over the world to enjoy.
A study has found that children will now have an average of 13 different jobs over their lifetime. But why is this change happening?; the justice system is one of the most important parts of our society. Yet most kids don't really know how it works. So on BtN this week, we're taking a closer look at the process. Plus there's teacher resources available for our stories on Child Rights Anniversary and Sun Damage.
Brisbane is about to host the G20. It's a meeting where the world's most powerful leaders discuss the biggest issues of the future. In other words, issues that will directly affect kids as they grow up. But why aren't all world leaders involved in an event that's so important? Plus there are teaching resources available for our stories on Greenhouse Gasses and War Nurses.
Did you know that there's a tax in Australia that even kids have to pay? It's called the GST and the Prime Minister has just announced he's open to increasing it; Last week, a Hollywood film company went to court to demand the personal details of Australians who downloaded one particular movie illegally. If successful, those downloaders could each face thousands of dollars in fines; In the recent national curriculum review, experts recommended Australian students focus more heavily on music in their studies; plus kids learning history by visiting a cemetery and should you be forced to go to school on your birthday?
On BtN this week, we're taking a look back at Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam who has died at the age of 98; we discover that rabbits don't have the best reputation in the sunshine state; we visit some bushfire volunteers and we go along to a workshop that teaches kids how to make themselves into video game characters.
This week is anti-poverty week and across the nation, events are being held to highlight the huge issues disadvantage can cause in our community. Most of us love a hit of beach cricket in summer. And the kids of far north Western Australia are no exception. So an Aussie foundation is now using a beach cricket tournament to encourage kids to make it to school each day. These days, transporting essential supplies like food, mail or building materials can be done by road, rail, sea or air. But back in Australia's early days, many of those options just weren't possible, so paddle steam boats were used. Plus, teacher resources for our stories on Antarctic Future and Cat Ban.
Australia is now at war in Iraq for the third time in 25 years. But is it really a war?; Recently, Parliament House in Canberra announced some restrictions on women wearing Islamic headwear that covers the face. We look at the types of religious head coverings that are out there and meet some of the young women who wear them. Teacher resources are available for this story and Space School.
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