"... while democratic rule has spread around the globe, still many of millions of people struggle for freedom and democracy. I think there is a universal desire amongst all people to live with freedoms – of speech, of religion, of association, freedom from fear, freedom from want."
|Scooped by Laura Aurisch|
This site takes a global perspective on democracy, via a talk about the role of Government opposition, acting to balance out excessive authority, such as extortionary taxes or excessive law enforcement. It connects the ideas of Eureka Stockade rebels merely being people who wanted to be heard, and receive response by their Government in regards to their needs.
This site draws attention to the relatively little bloodshed of the Eureka Stockade, compared to the United States who endured a War of Independence and a Civil War. It mentions other democracies, such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan, and comments that many still strive for freedom and democracy. It contrasts Australia’s democracy to that of Burma. Members of the Opposition in Burma were sent to jail after winning an election. Similar events occurred in Zimbabwe. It mentions the ironic name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which has a defective dictatorship that is unresponsive to the needs of the North Korean public.
A possible assessment task could involve students researching different types of Government political systems and presenting (poster, slide-show, etc.) a comparison of the democratic system to another style of Government.
It advertises Australia's support of other countries through international laws such as the Geneva Conventions, and being a member of organisations such as the United Nations which holds democracy as one of its core values.
Students can research the United Nations website [retrievable from http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/democracy/index.shtml , and report on the purpose of the UN and their involvement in current global democratic issues such as human rights.