To our last shilling: the Australian Parliament and World War I

Australians will stand beside our own [Britain] to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.

Andrew Fisher, The Argus, 3 August 1914

To our last shilling: the Australian Parliament and World War I explores this important period in Australian history from the perspective of the Australian Parliament. The decisions made by the Parliament and the Australian Government – from stopping trade with the enemy to fixing the price of food, from interning 'enemy aliens' to deporting union leaders without trial – affected the lives of everyday Australians.

The laws and regulations of the war period brought security and benefit to some, and fear and loss to others. The pressures of World War I led to the entrenchment of the two party system and increased the power of the executive government – both of which continue today.

To our last shilling is designed to assist with the teaching of the Australian History Curriculum World War I depth study and includes:

How to use this resource in the classroom

Teachers can use To our Last Shilling to explore key themes about Australia's experience of World War I from the perspective of the Australian Parliament:

Information about the conscription plebiscites of 1916 and 1917 can be found in Other Resources.

Each theme can be used separately or as part of a larger investigation of the topic. Select the content which will work best for your students. For example, teachers may want to: