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Behind the News: Plebiscite or vote?/Nuclear Forum/Sea Week/Working in Defence/Gorilla Girls
Plebiscite or vote?/Nuclear Forum/Sea Week/Working in Defence/Gorilla Girls
ABC Me  |  September 6, 2016
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PLEBISCITE OR VOTE?
The 45th parliament of Australia is now sitting for the first time since this year's federal election.

And one of the biggest topics being discussed is whether the country's marriage laws should change to include same-sex couples.

The PM says he's sticking to his plan to put the question to the Australian people in a plebiscite.

But what exactly is that? And why are some marriage equality supporters against the idea?

NUCLEAR FORUM
It's not often kids get a say in big decisions facing their community.

But that's what was attempted in South Australia recently over the issue of nuclear energy.

The aim was to find out what SA kids think about it, because their generation will be most affected by the outcome.

We went along to find out how the day played out.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information
Summarise data, from students' own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions Year 7

SEA WEEK
Next week is sea week, a time when researchers aim to highlight some of the biggest issues affecting our oceans.

But did you know that we're actually more familiar with the surface of Venus than the deepest parts of our oceans?

There is one group trying to change that though. It's called the Ocean Exploration Trust and its mission is to explore the deepest depths on earth.

WORKING IN DEFENCE
The defence force has opened its doors to a group of young people to let them experience a few days in the life of an army, navy or air force officer.

The aim is to encourage more people to consider a career in defence.

We joined them on this unique excursion to find out what they thought.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting:
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4

GORILLA GIRLS
Wednesday the 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day.

It marks the 80th anniversary of the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger and it aims to remind people about what can happen if we don't act quickly to help endangered species.

That's something one young conservationist in New South Wales is very passionate about.

So Zoe and her friends are launching a special recycling program to help save gorillas. And they want you to help!

PLEBISCITE OR VOTE?
The 45th parliament of Australia is now sitting for the first time since this year's federal election.

And one of the biggest topics being discussed is whether the country's marriage laws should change to include same-sex couples.

The PM says he's sticking to his plan to put the question to the Australian people in a plebiscite.

But what exactly is that? And why are some marriage equality supporters against the idea?

NUCLEAR FORUM
It's not often kids get a say in big decisions facing their community.

But that's what was attempted in South Australia recently over the issue of nuclear energy.

The aim was to find out what SA kids think about it, because their generation will be most affected by the outcome.

We went along to find out how the day played out.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7

Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information
Summarise data, from students' own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions Year 7

SEA WEEK
Next week is sea week, a time when researchers aim to highlight some of the biggest issues affecting our oceans.

But did you know that we're actually more familiar with the surface of Venus than the deepest parts of our oceans?

There is one group trying to change that though. It's called the Ocean Exploration Trust and its mission is to explore the deepest depths on earth.

WORKING IN DEFENCE
The defence force has opened its doors to a group of young people to let them experience a few days in the life of an army, navy or air force officer.

The aim is to encourage more people to consider a career in defence.

We joined them on this unique excursion to find out what they thought.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas:

Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use Year 4

Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4

Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6

HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting:
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4

Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4

GORILLA GIRLS
Wednesday the 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day.

It marks the 80th anniversary of the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger and it aims to remind people about what can happen if we don't act quickly to help endangered species.

That's something one young conservationist in New South Wales is very passionate about.

So Zoe and her friends are launching a special recycling program to help save gorillas. And they want you to help!

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