Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a decade ago endures as a totemic Commonwealth gesture towards Indigenous Australia. Writer Paul Daley shares his views on the legacy of this event in this new piece.
On this day ten years ago, Ngambri Elder Matilda House witnessed Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Stolen Generations. She carried a message from a friend.
Jacob, 13, shares his thoughts on Teen Start-Up: People Power, a school holiday program with a difference.
Discover the moving stories that inspired the artworks in The Gift exhibition.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an intern at the Museum of Australian Democracy? Find out on a journey with intern Nicole!
Silk in tatters, burst seams, sweat stained and grimy, the coatee worn by Australia’s first prime minister, Edmund Barton was in a poor state. Conservator Deb Spoehr spent painstaking hours cleaning and stabilising the coatee, preserving its fascinating story. See how this transformation took place.
We asked Diya Mehta, a 15-year-old student and writer for Crinkling News to be our roving reporter at MediaMe, the first-ever national conference on young people's media literacy. She interviewed young people, reporters and subject matter experts, and found out why it’s important for young people ‘to be heard in the world’.
The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of convict transportation to Australia.
Some people will be surprised to read this; after all, didn’t the importation of convicts into New South Wales, where the great majority were sent, end much earlier? Yes, that’s true, but read Barry’s blog to find out how this intriguing story ended.
The ninth of January marks the 50th anniversary of John Gorton’s election as leader of the Liberal Party, making him Australia’s 19th prime minister.
With just a handful of days left in 2017, we’re looking back at the year that was. Here’s a quick roundup of our top Facebook posts that you’ve shared, talked about, commented on and liked, loved, lol’d at, or even given an ‘angry react’ to (yeah, we see you) this year.
Today, 20 December 2017, marks the centenary of Australia’s second plebiscite on conscription. Our regular blogger Barry York asks, 'was this a ‘Brexit’ moment?'
The federal seat of Bennelong has had four members, and each of them has a story to tell. As Bennelong votes in its by-election this weekend, we look back at the people who have held the seat in the past: a knight, a prime minister, a journalist and a tennis player!
Fifty years after his disappearance off Cheviot Beach, the 17th Prime Minister of Australia, the Right Honourable Harold Edward Holt, Companion of Honour, deserves a place in the nation’s history as a social reformer, an astute legislator and a democratic advocate who brought humanity to Australia’s highest elected office.
My name is Anhaar Kareem, I am 10 years old and a winner of the What matters? writing competition for 2017.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, in partnership with the Australian Cartoonists' Association, hosted the Pulitzer Prize-winning USA political cartoonist Ann Telnaes as part of Behind the Lines 2017.
MoAD's Campbell takes a look at some important by-elections that have had an impact on the Australian political landscape.
MoAD was proud to be a contributor and partner to deliver MediaMe, the first ever national conference on young people’s media literacy.
Why has there has been a decline in public trust in our politicians and political institutions? Has the calibre of Australian politicians declined and if so why? What could be done to reverse the trend? And, what would the ideal politician look like?
Eminent British historian David Starkey has compared Martin Luther to a jihadist. What could such a person and his rebellion against the Catholic Church 500 years ago possibly have to do with democracy? Read Barry York’s blog to find out.
You’ve heard about Brexit, but what about WAxit? Thought of starting your own country? It’s a little bit more complex than running up a new flag. Our researcher Campbell has the details on states that have tried to leave the Commonwealth or split off from their state.