Election Day!

Today was Election Day where we set up our tables and told people about what we will change and voted! The group I was in was P.E.P.P. Wow today was a good day, we persuaded the grade 4 and 5’s and also the other 6’s to vote for us but it wasn’t just a normal boring vote we did preferential voting. If you don’t know what preferential voting is you can read my other blog post ‘preferential voting’. After all most people worked hard and did well but these where the results.

Preferential voting

Q1.Preferential voting is when you write down your 1st choice then your second choice and so on. If one party does not get more than half the votes the party with the least votes gets eliminated then everyone who voted for that party gets their second votes sent to the other parties.

Q2. For a party to win a election they must have half the votes plus one.

Q3. The official name of the person who counts the votes are called a counter.

Q4.Not every country uses preferential voting. Can you name one? North Korea.

Q5.Why are the advantages of a preferential voting system? If your first choice doesn’t win your second has a chance.

Q6. Why do minor parties prefer the preferential voting system? because they might get a lot of second votes instead of first.

Q7.What is the purpose of a “how to vote card”? So people vote properly.

Q8. What is a polling booth? It is a booth where you vote.

Q9. Have you ever had to vote for someone or something? What was the process? I have voted for junior school council.

Q10. Can you name the three major Australian political parties? Who are their leaders? Labor Bill Shorten and Liberal Malcom Turnbull.

Strategy

Today we all played strategy games and the game I played was chess. My strategy was to build a wall and have control of the 4 middle squares. This didn’t completely work but it held off my opponent for a while but my wall broke and then my strategy stuffed up and all my pieces where taken but my king but lucky for me it ended in a stale mate.

Federation

Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 separate…………………………….. Colonies.

Which other country might have been part of Australia? Maybe Europe.

Who was Henry Parkes? Maybe a explorer.

Why were the initial attempts to become a Federation rejected? I’m not sure.

What role did Alfred Deakin play in becoming a Federation? I’m not sure.

In what year did Australia become a nation? Maybe in the 1890’s.

Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister? I’m not sure.

How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants? They didn’t treat them well.

What do you know about the Eureka Stockade? It was about was a fight about justice and peace.

What were some big events that have happened between 1901 and 1960? I don’t know

Who were some important people between 1901 and 1960? I don’t know.