The first taxes in Australia were raised to help pay for the completion of Sydney's first gaol and provide for the orphans of the colony. Import taxes were put on spirits, wine and beer.
You make the decision is an interactive that asks the student to assume the role of Treasurer of the Australian Government. Six representatives of various organisations and governments lobby for funding in the upcoming Australian Federal Budget. The 'Treasurer' must assess the competing needs and decide which organisations deserve funding and at what cost in terms of re-directing expenditure or altering existing budgetary arrangements. The outcome should result in a balanced budget.You make the decision - PDF version