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Voices of Australia - Activity sheet 4

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Listening to Voices of Australia

Before listening

  1. Have you, or any of your friends/ classmates travelled to another country?
  2. Have you, or any of your friends/ classmates, moved to Australia from another
    country? How did you feel when you arrived (eg. lonely, excited)?
  3. What does 'multiculturalism' mean to you?
  4. How has migration made a positive impact on Australian society?
  5. Have you ever encountered racism? Explain what happened and how it was dealt with
    (by you, your friends, the school, family, community or by the law).

During listening

The Racial Discrimination Act is a landmark law that helps Australians to
live free from racial discrimination.

Listen to the audio files of Voices of Australia (available online at:
speaking about life in Australia, and consider some of the questions below.

Part 1 - Australia: our home

  1. What does it mean to be 'Australian'?
  2. What does each of the characters consider the most important aspect of living in,
    and being Australian is? (identify each character's priorities)

Freedom to study, easy going lifestyle, the outdoors, our values, sacred places,
spiritual connections, peace and stability.

Flo Watson - Spiritual connections

Kathy Mills

Steve Pratt

Marat Sverdlov

Razia Zahedi

Thao Nguyen

Part 2 - Unexpected friendships

Each of the characters in this section has had an unexpected friendship since
arriving in Australia. Listen to each of the people's stories and match the way in
which they made new and unexpected friends.

  1. Amareswar Galla
  2. Denis Asaf
  3. Dragana Danicic
  4. Luke Gay
  5. Shahnaz Rind
  • former war enemies (Serbia/ Croatia)
  • sharing religious festivals/ feasts
  • going to church
  • during university
  • political figure in a library (Gough Whitlam)

Part 3 - Racism: Not in my backyard

The Racial Discrimination Act makes racism and racial discrimination
illegal. This means that it is against the law for people to treat others differently
because of their race, colour, descent, national origin or ethnic origin. The stories
in this section give examples of when racism does exist within society and shows how
people have dealt with such situations.

Using the stories, complete the box below.


How was the situation dealt with by each character?

Questions about nationality

Being ignored by shopkeepers

Denial of community existence in history lessons

Part 4 - Breaking down barriers

There are many ways that we can build relationships and get to know other people in
our community. For each of the following, write one sentence about how the people in
this section have broken down barriers in their own community.











Part 5 - From tolerance to respect

Listen to part five of the audio files and find out more information about Dean
Widders and Thao Nguyen.

Dean Widders is a well-known professional rugby league player. Dean is also highly
regarded for his work outside of rugby league, working with Aboriginal community

What type of things does Dean do in order to overcome stereotypes and unspoken
perceptions about Aboriginal people?

Thao Nguyen arrived in Australia in the 1970's from Vietnam. Recently she
Australia as a youth representative at the -

This meant that she was the first -
and the first -
to represent Australia.

After listening

  1. Explain the difference between tolerance and respect.
  2. Make a list of people that you respect in your community and briefly explain

Person (eg. coach)

Why (eg. Because he/ she gives us equal time on the field)

  1. How does each of the different characters (on the audio file) feel about their
    place in society? (eg. comfortable, afraid, happy, marginalised, accepted)





  1. How do events like the destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York and the
    Bali bombings impact upon our society? Has it changed the way that some Muslim people
    are perceived in Australia (at school, in the media, in your community)?
  2. What similarities and differences, if any, are there between the stories of
    Indigenous Australians and those of migrants to the country?