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Episode 27

21st september 2010
eam Gillard


  1. Discuss the Team Gillard story with another student.

  2. What is a portfolio?

  3. Name three of the portfolios.

  4. What does Julia Gillard consider when choosing ministers for the different portfolios?

  5. Who has been given the job of Treasurer and what will he be in charge of?

  6. What portfolio has Kevin Rudd been given?

  7. The ministers are sworn in by the ____________________.

  8. What are the opposition ministers called?

  9. Which portfolio affects you the most? Why?

  10. The BtN Team Gillard story is an example of a

  1. Narrative

  2. Procedure

  3. Argument

  4. Report



Create a profile of one of the ministers on Julia Gillard’s Frontbench. The following weblink has information about the ministers http://abc.net.au/news/infographics/gillard-cabinet-2010/

Test your knowledge in the online quiz.
Commonwealth Games


  1. How did the British Empire begin?

  2. Britain is the old Roman word for

    1. Strong

    2. United

    3. England

  3. How did England `claim’ countries around the world?

  4. How did Australia become part of the British Empire?

  5. What did being part of the British Empire mean for Australia?

  6. What does commonwealth mean?
  7. What do the Commonwealth of Nations work together to promote?


  8. What were the Commonwealth Games called when they first began?

  9. Where are the 2010 Commonwealth Games being held?

  10. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?


List the sports that will be played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Display the sports in an A-Z chart.

Gold price


  1. Before you watch the BtN Gold price story, write down the words you associate with gold.

  2. What does the word gold mean?

  3. Describe some properties of gold.

  4. Apart from jewellery, what is gold used for?

  5. Why was gold used as a form of currency?

  6. Why do some people invest in gold?

  7. When does the price of gold go up?

  8. What is Fort Knox?

  9. Gold is bought and sold every day on _______ __________.

  10. What was surprising about this story?


Create a multiple choice quiz about gold. Use the transcript from the BtN story to find facts about gold.

Rabbit race


  1. Briefly summarise the Rabbit race story.

  2. Describe the sport of rabbit jumping.

  3. Where and when did rabbit jumping start?

  4. What events do the rabbits compete in?

  5. What techniques are used to train the rabbits?

  6. Why are wild rabbits considered pests by some people?

  7. Are rabbits native to Australia?

  8. Why do you think rabbits are popular pets?

  9. Illustrate an aspect of the story.

  10. What do you think the future of rabbit jumping is? Why?

Create a comic strip based on the BtN Rabbit race story.


Swim star
  1. What does it take to get to an elite level in sport?


  2. What competition is Geoff Huegill about to compete in?

  3. Describe his success at the 2000 Olympic Games.

  4. Why do athletes eat a lot when they are training?

  5. US swimmer Michael Phelps says he eats about _________ more food than an average person when he is in training.

  6. What happened to Geoff when he stopped training?

  7. What was he concerned about?

  8. What did Geoff find difficult when he started training again?

  9. Why do you think Geoff already feels a sense of achievement?

  10. How did this story make you feel?



Write a message about the story and post it on the BtN guestbook http://abc.net.au/btn/guestbook.html


Gold price
Focus Questions



  1. B
    Episode 27

    21st september 2010



    Learning Area

    Society and Environment



    Key learning

    Students will investigate the impact the discovery of gold had on Australia, the properties of gold and what it symbolises.



    efore you watch the BtN Gold price story, write down the words you associate with gold.

  2. What does the word gold mean?

  3. Describe some properties of gold.

  4. Apart from jewellery, what is gold used for?

  5. Why was gold used as a form of currency?

  6. Why do some people invest in gold?

  7. When does the price of gold go up?

  8. What is Fort Knox?

  9. Gold is bought and sold every day on _______ __________.

  10. What was surprising about this story?


    Precious metal





Students will work in pairs to recreate the BtN Gold price story that has been read aloud to the class. Print a copy of the transcript from the Teachers section on the BtN website http://www.abc.net.au/btn/teachers.html#teachertools Ask students to write down the key words as the text is read (the text may need to be read more than once). Each pair rewrites the text then proof reads and edits their text. Students then present their texts to the class and compare them to the original.

Students choose one of the following investigations about gold. Before students begin the investigation, ask them to record what they know about the topic and what they want to find out.



Investigation 1Gold in Australia

Some possible questions to investigate include:



  • Which areas in Australia were most affected by the Gold Rush?

  • What impact did the discovery of gold have on Australia? Consider the wealth it created, immigration and social change.

  • What was the Eureka Stockade? Investigate using the Who, What, When, Where and Why framework. Why was it a key event in the development of democracy in Australia?

Investigation 2 – Properties of gold

Some possible topics and questions to investigate include:

What is gold?

How would you describe it to someone who has never heard of it?

List and illustrate uses for gold. Invent a new use for gold.

How is gold formed?

What is the value of gold at the moment? Calculate the value of an ounce of gold in Australian dollars.


Investigation 3 – All that glitters…

Some possible questions to investigate include:



  • What was the importance of gold to ancient civilisations?

  • What does gold symbolise in our society? Consider images and references in advertising, movies, songs, magazines. Collect examples of images and words to include in a presentation.

Encourage students to share their research finding with the class using an interactive whiteboard.

Reflection

What do you understand more clearly since completing this investigation?

What would you do differently next time? Why?

8 Related Research Links

ABC Behind the News – Gold rush



http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2823680.htm
SBS – Gold

http://www.sbs.com.au/gold/
Geoscience Australia – Gold rock file

http://www.australianminesatlas.gov.au/education/rock_files/gold.jsp
Australian Minerals - Gold downunder

http://www.australianminesatlas.gov.au/education/down_under/gold/index.html
The World Gold Council – Official website

http://www.gold.org/
Commonwealth games
Focus Questions



  1. How did the British Empire begin?

  2. B
    Episode 27

    21st september 2010



    Learning Area

    Society and Environment, Health and Physical Education



    Key learning

    Students will investigate the Commonwealth Games in depth

    ritain is the old Roman word for


    1. Strong

    2. United

    3. England

  3. How did England `claim’ countries around the world?

  4. How did Australia become part of the British Empire?

  5. What part of Britain is reflected in the Australian flag?

  6. What did being part of the British Empire mean for Australia?

  7. What does commonwealth mean?

  8. What do the Commonwealth of Nations work together to promote?

  9. What were the Commonwealth Games called when they first began?

  10. Where are the 2010 Commonwealth Games being held?

  11. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?

    Commonwealth Games



Remember and understand

  • List the sports that will be played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Display the sports in an A-Z chart.

  • Locate Delhi on a world map. Find five interesting facts about the city and display them on a poster.

  • Use a Mindmap to list all you know about the Commonwealth Games.

Apply and Analyse

  • When did India become part of the British Empire? Put your research findings into a PowerPoint presentation and share it with other students.

  • Investigate one sport played at the Commonwealth Games in depth. Who are the Australian athletes competing in the sport?

  • Imagine you are in the audience at a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Write a series of tweets describing what you are seeing. Each message should be less than 140 characters.

Evaluate and create
  • What inspired the logo for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi? What do the image and colours signify? Design your own logo for the Commonwealth Games and briefly describe what it symbolises.


  • What have been some of the issues organisers and athletes have had to deal with at the 2010 Commonwealth Games? What solutions or advice is being offered?

  • Make a Commonwealth Games board game. Include information about Delhi, Games facts and Australian athletes competing.

  • Create a Venn diagram showing the similarities and differences between the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.

Self assessment

What do you understand more clearly since completing these activities?

What would you do differently next time? Why?
8 Related Research Links

ABC Radio Australia News – New Delhi prepares for Commonwealth Games


http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201009/3011921.htm?desktop
Commonwealth Games - Delhi 2010
http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/
Commonwealth Games Australia – Official website
http://www.commonwealthgames.org.au/
Commonwealth of Nations – Official website
http://www.commonwealth-of-nations.org/Commonwealth-Home
Children’s BBC – What is the Commonwealth?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4790000/newsid_4794500/4794536.stm

End of term quiz Term 3 2010



  1. Who did Julia Gillard replace as Prime Minister?

  1. Wayne Swan

  2. Tony Abbott

  3. Kevin Rudd


  1. What was the name given to camel handlers that came from India and the Middle East?


  1. Afghans

  2. Jackaroos

  3. Cowboys



  1. Taking caffeine before sport is illegal.

  1. True

  2. False



  1. What type of instrument is the vuvuzela?

  1. Horn

  2. Percussion

  3. Strings



  1. In which country did the battle of Fromelles occur?

  1. France

  2. Germany

  3. Belgium



  1. How do honey bees communicate with each other?

  1. Using high-pitched noises

  2. Dancing

  3. Email



  1. Heating juice to 100 degrees plus and packing it into a sterile container is known as…

  1. Pasteurising

  2. Aseptic processing

  3. Homogenising



  1. Which country in South America has large amounts of lithium?

  1. Venezuela

  2. Colombia

  3. Bolivia



  1. How many days before a federal election does political advertising have to stop on TV and radio?

  1. 1day

  2. 3 days

  3. 7 days



  1. Meteorology is the study of…

  1. Weather

  2. Rocks and minerals

  3. Space



  1. What is made from enzymes in an animal’s gut?

  1. Curds

  2. Whey

  3. Rennet



  1. When was the wearing of bike helmets made compulsory in Australia?
  1. 1985


  2. 1991

  3. 2000



  1. The London Olympics will be held in…

  1. 2011

  2. 2012

  3. 2014



  1. The Senate is also known as...

  1. House of Representatives

  2. Cabinet

  3. Upper house



  1. What is studying music believed to help?

  1. Make you grow tall

  2. Build new pathways in the brain

  3. Make you popular



  1. Micro-betting is…

  1. Betting small amounts of money

  2. Betting on the outcome of a match

  3. Betting on an incident in a match



  1. Wrestling was at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

  1. True

  2. False

  1. A female cow that hasn’t had a calf is called a…

  1. Bull

  2. Heifer

  3. Steer



  1. Water always finds the

  1. Highest land

  2. Flattest land

  3. Lowest land



  1. Which portfolio has Kevin Rudd been given?

  1. Treasurer

  2. Education

  3. Foreign Affairs

Answers on the following page

Answers

  1. c. Kevin Rudd

  2. a. Afghans

  3. b. false

  4. a. horn


  5. a. France

  6. a. using high-pitched noises

  7. b. aseptic processing

  8. c. Bolivia

  9. b. 3 days

  10. a. weather

  11. c. rennet

  12. b. 1991

  13. b. 2012

  14. c. Upper house

  15. b. build new pathways in the brain

  16. c. betting on an incident in a match

  17. a. true

  18. b. heifer

  19. c. lowest land

  20. c. Foreign Affairs

BtN: Episode 27 Transcript 21/09/10

On this week's Behind the News:


  • The Commonwealth Games are just weeks away, but what's a commonwealth?



  • We'll find out why investors think bling is the thing.



  • And we'll go trackside to a high stakes competition with a difference.

Hi I'm Sarah Larsen, welcome to Behind the News.

Also on the show today, how early do you get out of bed? We'll catch up with some dedicated swimmers who are up at 4.30am for training!

News Ministers

Reporter: Nathan Bazley



INTRO: Well there's no time for training for our new government.

Just days after being confirmed as Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard named her new team.

And when I say team I don't mean she's planning a footy game on the lawns of parliament house.

Her team are playing politics and just like sports stars they all have positions they need to play here's Nathan.

NATHAN BAZLEY, REPORTER: Julia Gillard loves her footy.

She's the number one ticket holder for the Bulldogs, but you get the feeling she'd love to have a shot at coach.

JULIA GILLARD: I'm pretty good at nerves of steel.

Unfortunately she's already got a coaching job that keeps her hands pretty full, Prime Minister of Australia.

But how is being PM like coaching, you might ask?

Well just like a footy coach, the PM gets to pick the team she'll lead against the opposition.

And just like a coach, she looks at her player’s strengths and weaknesses to decide who'll get a guernsey.

Let's imagine you're running a school footy team.

Before giving everyone their positions, you want to make sure everyone is put in a position that suits them best.

First up, you might ask if anyone has any experience.

Then you might look for people that have the natural abilities needed like height or strength.

And finally you might look for some kids that have done well in the last game and give them some more responsibility.

It's exactly the same choosing ministers, but instead of positions on a field, they're given portfolios or area's they're in charge of.

There's Treasurer, Defence, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Climate Change, Health and Schools, to name a few.

So just like a coach, you look for people that have experience in those areas.

You look for people that have natural interest.

And you look for people that did really well in their last portfolio.

And at the end of it all, instead of winning the game, your team can hopefully do their best running the whole country!

REPORTER: So that's how it's done. Now let's have a look at who Julia Gillard called up to her team.

Wayne Swan was once again picked as her deputy or her right hand man.

He also takes the most important portfolio, Treasurer, meaning he's in charge of all the cash.

Next down the list is Kevin Rudd, who was promised the Foreign Affairs portfolio, after being chucked out as Prime Minister only a few months ago.

Julia lived up to her promise and put him in as the man in charge of our interests overseas.

But will they be able to work together despite their nasty past?

JULIA GILLARD: Of Course.

Well, the distance will help. Kevin's already jetting out to America to get started.

But that leaves Stephen Smith, the last Foreign Affairs minister, jobless.

STEPHEN SMITH: When the Prime Minister told me she was going to appoint Kevin Rudd as Foreign Affairs minister she asked me what I'd like to do, and I said defence.

That means he'll be in charge of all our armed forces and have responsibility for wars like Afghanistan.

But most importantly, who's the minister in charge of things that matter to you?

Well that'd be Peter Garrett, who's in charge of school education, early childhood and youth.

All up, 30 ministers were sworn into their various roles by the Governor-General.

And over at Parliament House, Tony Abbott was naming the opposition members that would be taking them on, called shadow ministers.

So now the teams are picked, the leaders are ready, let's hear the siren for the start of play.


Presenter: We'll be keeping our eye on that game!

The Wire


Let's see what else is happening in the news with Tash.

People living near the mouth of the Murray River are breathing a sigh of relief as South Australia’s lower lakes fill with water.

For years lakes Albert and Alexandrina have been drying out.

The drought meant there wasn't enough water flowing down the Murray to fill them

And lakeside towns were left high and dry.

But the recent rain which brought floods to Victoria has brought hope to these communities.

LADY: The water's moving and so is the land. We can hear the frogs, we can see the birds are feeding, the fish are running, the tube worm on the back of the turtles are going away. The country's refreshed and there's new life and the communities are feeling happier too.

And there's been some more good news from the Gulf of Mexico in the US.

The broken well which caused the worst oil spill in the country's history is now officially plugged.

For months the company responsible for the leak has been drilling holes down to the base of the well.

Then they pumped in cement to squeeze it shut.

Even though the oil isn't leaking out anymore the disaster isn't over

"It’s not finished we've still got a lot of oil out here to pick up".

It could be years before coastal environments recover and some are worried about what affect the oil will have on sea creatures.

Commonwealth

Reporter: Sarah Larsen



INTRO: If you tune into the Commonwealth Games next month you'll see athletes from all over the world, from Canada to South Africa to Tonga and Tuvalu.

But there are a few big countries you won't see represented, like China and the US. So what's with that? And what is the commonwealth anyway? Let’s find out.

SARAH LARSEN, REPORTER: Once upon a time there was a little country called England.

It wasn't very big, but being an island the English knew a thing or two about ships.

So they sailed around the world trading with other countries and eventually claimed some for their own.

KID: I claim this new found land in the name of the Queen of England!

And that's how the British Empire began. Britain being the old Roman name for England and Empire meaning the collection of countries it ruled.

England claimed countries all over the world, sometimes through wars, sometimes through business dealings, and sometimes through discoveries of land that they said was empty.

REPORTER: Of course, Australia wasn't empty at all. Indigenous people had been living here for tens of thousands of years, but nevertheless Australia became a part of the British Empire.

At first it was ruled by England, but in 1901 Australia got a government of its own.

Soon after, England came up with a new name for its old Empire, the 'Commonwealth'.

It means a collection of countries that come together for the common good.

REPORTER: It's a word that you've probably seen around the place and that's because we still live in the Commonwealth of Australia. That bank used to be owned by the government, that's why it's called the commonwealth.

As part of the Empire, Australia shared a lot with England. We kept the English king or queen as our head of state and we followed some English laws. We also shared a love of cricket!

And when England went to war, so did Australia.

But over the years, Australia grew more of its own identity and stopped relying so much on England.

Other countries broke away from the empire, either peacefully or by force, and eventually it came to an end.

But there is still a commonwealth. These days it's called the Commonwealth of Nations and 53 countries are active members. It's not like the Empire. It's more like a club that countries can choose to belong to.

They work together to support each other and encourage peace and human rights.

But the Commonwealth is probably best known for this, the Commonwealth Games. They were first run in 1930 to try to bring together countries in the British Empire. In fact, back then they were known as the Empire Games.

But while the Empire faded the games continued.

Like the Olympics, they're held every four years in different Commonwealth countries and this year it's India's turn.

They've been racing to get new sporting venues finished on time and they want to put on a spectacular show, because next month a lot of people will be watching.


Presenter: As you know the games are held every four years so let's have a quick quiz.

Quiz 1


Which city will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Brisbane, Australia

Glasgow, Scotland

Vancouver, Canada

Answer: Glasgow

And that will be the 20th Commonwealth Games.

Gold Price

Reporter: Nathasha Thiele



INTRO: Now at the Commonwealth Games a lot of athletes will be chasing gold.

But it’s not just sports people who are obsessed with the precious yellow metal.

Investors and finance experts spend a lot of time thinking about the price of gold. And at the moment it's at a record high.

So why is that important? And why is gold so precious? Tash has been investigating.

"Aztec Gold. All the gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse"

"His gold! Fort Knox, the world's biggest bank!"

"Look MacKenna, I'm covered in gold!"

NATASHA THIELE, REPORTER: It's pretty obvious gold is one precious metal!

The name 'gold' comes from an Old English word meaning 'yellow'.

Its soft compared to other metals and can be turned into different shapes without fire or other heat.

Gold is valued for its shine and it's been used for thousands of years to make jewellery.

REPORTER: This is what real gold looks like. It's pretty cool and it’s quite heavy. And all this gold here in my hand is worth 20 thousand dollars!

Besides the bling factor, gold is also used in medicine, technology like computers and electronics, that's because it's a great electrical conductor and it doesn't corrode.

It even gets used for cake decorations. It's extremely thin pieces called gold leaf.

But hold on! When did people start realising gold was so precious?

Many thousands of years ago, gold was used to pay for things and was turned into coins.

Before that, people would use things like stones or feathers to buy or swap items like food, clothing and shelter.

But they discovered the precious metal was better because it lasted longer and was rare. It was difficult to find.

Gold hasn't just been a currency, these days some people buy it as an investment so they can make money from it!

Experts say you can always fall back on gold because it'll always keep its value.

And at the moment the price of gold has hit a record high!

That means investors don't have a lot of confidence in how the world is going at the moment.

So people can either sell their bit of gold and make a profit or buy more!

But they don't actually get to hold the gold in their hand; it's kept in secure places like banks and government storage vaults.

Like many precious metals, gold is bought and sold every day on what are called 'gold markets'.

You've probably even seen people talk about these markets on the news.

FINANCE REPORTS: Gold is flirting with its record high. And gold this morning is trading at one thousand two hundred and sixty six dollars and eighty cents an ounce.

These bulletins tell us how much gold is being bought and sold.

Although we don't see people use gold as money any more, it's still being traded.

So with gold becoming more valuable, we could see more people investing in the precious metal.


Presenter: Ok let's have a quiz about gold now and this one's pretty tricky.

Quiz 2


The question is: What is the chemical symbol for gold?

Gd

Au



Na

Answer: Au

Like lots of science things, the symbol comes from a Latin word and the Latin name for gold is Aurum.

Ok next up is a story about some kids in search of their own bit of Aurum!

Swim Comeback

Reporter: Sarah Larsen



INTRO: Would you fancy a dip at 4.30am? What a way to wake up!

For swimmers in training that's a part of their normal day.

I 'volunteered' to jump out of bed nice and early to catch up with some kids hoping to be stars of the future.

And along the way found out about a star swimmer from the past who's making an amazing comeback.

SARAH LARSEN, REPORTER: What were you doing at 4.30 this morning?

These guys put in two and a half hours of training before school starts.

MIA: Sometimes we fall asleep in some lessons. But that's the life we choose.

They have nine training sessions a week, in the mornings and the afternoons. All up it’s about twenty hours of hard work. But to compete at the National level they need every minute and Mia reckons it’s worth it.

MIA: Definitely when you hit that finishing line and you see everyone finish behind you it’s just the best feeling you know you've done your best.

Getting to an elite level of just about any sport you can think of takes years of hard work and dedication. And you don't get to stay at the top for very long.

Many athletes retire in their thirties or even their twenties because their body slows down or because they get tired of devoting their life to sport.

That's something Geoff Huegill knows all about.

Ten years ago he was on top of the world. Years of hard work were paid off with a silver and a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics.

GEOFF HUEGILL: I still get goose-bumps thinking about it.

But that was his last big win and Geoff decided to quit swimming and soon got pretty out of shape.

GEOFF HUEGILL: I lived a life to excess, so to speak. You know, instead of sticking to diets and routines and exercise, I did everything completely the opposite to what I had grown up with.

It's a pretty common story amongst retired athletes. One of the problems is their diet has to change.

Competing and training uses a huge amount of energy and they need to replace that. US Swimming star Michael Phelps says he eats about five times more than an average person.

REPORTER: He says his daily diet looks a bit like this. For breakfast there are three fried-egg sandwiches, an omelette, cereal, pancakes and French toast. Then there's lunch and dinner! So you can see why it might be hard to get back into normal eating habits!

Geoff's weight was getting unhealthy so he decided to do something about it. He started swimming to get fit, but soon found he missed the competition.

COACH: When Geoff first came to me and spoke to me about wanting to make a comeback and wanting to make the Commonwealth Games it was like, ok. It was sort of an out-there idea and a great dream goal but he's done it.

With a lot of hard work Geoff managed to get back into his old training regime. He dropped more than 40 kilos and won a place in the Commonwealth Games squad. His coach says Geoff's swimming faster than ever.

GEOFF HUEGILL: That would be great. But, for me, I think I've already won my gold medal. I've been able to turn my life around and to have a second chance.

It's an inspiring story and not just for retired athletes.

MIA: Absolutely amazing. I just can't image how hard it must be to get back t the level he's at. Just missing one lesson for us is so hard.

It just goes to show with courage, determination and a lot of hard work anything is possible.


Presenter: Hope he does well!

Ok let's see what else has been happening in sport with Alfie.

The Score

Aussie Casey Stoner's had his first win of the Moto GP season at the Aragon grand prix.

The former world champion started in pole position and managed to hold off a trailing Dani Pedrosa to take the win on the Spaniard's home soil.

After recovering from a minor crash during the warm-up, Stoner managed a comfortable margin of more than five seconds.

CASEY STONER, WINNER: "Going into the race I was staying away from every white line that I could. I did not want to get too close. But yeah, we were able to pick up the pace when we needed to during the race and bring home a win."

Stoner's Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden pipped championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo for third.

And back home in the A-league.

Melbourne Heart is celebrating their second win in a row, after defeating Wellington Pheonix 2-1.

And Gold Coast United's had a goalless draw with the Central Coast Mariners at Skilled Park.

Rabbit Race



Reporter: Natasha Thiele

INTRO: Animals can be put through their paces in a heap of sports, from horses in elite dressage events to, believe it or not, pig jumping!
But did you know rabbits have their own competition too?
It's called rabbit jumping and Tash found out a little more about the unusual sport.

 
NATASHA THIELE, REPORTER: Meet Bob, the country bunny!
 
And Humphrey, the show off!
 
Take note guys 'cause these furry characters could be the future champions of the rabbit world.
 
This is rabbit jumping!
 
Rabbit jumping started in Scandinavia in the late 1970s.
 
Now thanks to the Internet, the rather different sport is catching on in Australia.
 

The rabbits compete in four events.

 
There's speed course, the multi-round with different height jumps, long jump and high jump.
 
They need to run along these trestle tables, roughly about 8 metres.
 
Owners say the rabbits naturally love to jump, so all you gotta do is teach them to follow the track.
 
But it's not just the adults getting involved in the growing sport.
 
Young people like Jack are too!
 
He's been involved in rabbit jumping for three years and this is his rabbit Wilbour.
 
JACK, RABBIT OWNER: You have to pat it and get to know him and call his name and pat the table because then he'll get used to your scent and when you call his name he'll just jump automatically.
 
But Jack would like to see more kids get involved in the sport.
 
JACK, RABBIT OWNER: I'll like to have a competition, not just me and my brother because sometimes we have to verse the adults and it's way too hard because they've been training for like twelve years.
 
Sometimes during competition there can be a few accidents along the way, so they need to spray the area down with vinegar so other rabbits don't get distracted by the scent of other rabbits.
 
And although you're not allowed to touch the rabbits while they're in action, the owners say getting them over the line comes down to lots of love!
 
So lots of affection like patting them is their secret weapon!
 
Others prefer to use clickers and treats to reward the bunnies when they train them, like they do with dogs.
 
Each breed has its own characteristics and personality and the lopped eared rabbits seem to be the best!
 
REPORTER: And this is what they look like! Their ears hang down instead of standing up.
 
But not everyone thinks rabbits are as cute and fun.

 

Wild rabbits are considered pests because they breed out of control in the wild.
 
They came here from Europe in 1859 and destroyed plants, trees and farming properties.
 
And although it's illegal to sell or keep wild rabbits as pets, it's okay to breed domestic rabbits in most parts of Australia.
 
A lot of money and research is going into controlling wild rabbits and that's why farmers aren't too keen on pampering rabbits.
 
But according to some pet shop owners more people are buying rabbits, especially as a first pet or around Easter time.
 
After all this rabbit talk, I thought I'd give it a go!
 
REPORTER: C'mon Wilbour, do me proud!
 
REPORTER: Aww nice one! See, it's not that hard after all!
 
So with the event now attracting other rabbit clubs from around the country, maybe we'll be seeing a lot more rabbit jumping in the future!

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