Cost

Australian Antarctic Division Director Tony Fleming gives a press conference at the Hobart airport
Australian Antarctic Division Director Tony Fleming gives a press conference (Photo: Jessica Fitzpatrick)

Australia dedicates approximately $100 million per year to its Antarctic program. Students can discuss whether they consider this to be money well spent.

  • Have the students role-play a TV current affairs interview with a politician. Ask the politician whether they think we should be involved in Antarctic regions and their reasons for this. Put forward a scenario for Australia to pull out altogether and stop its Antarctic research, and use the $100 million each year instead for another purpose, for example education or creating employment for young people.
  • Conduct a debate about the value of keeping the Australian Antarctic Territory.
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