We know a lot about what our early prime ministers were like. There are plenty of photos of them throughout their lives, and biographies record their personalities, appearance, quirks, habits, and even their tastes in food, literature or music. But we don’t know much about how they sounded.
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Did you know the Australian flag has only been official since the 1950s? And that the most common version for a long time was red, not blue? This National Flag Day, we have some more facts to share about the big blue banner.
Does it ever feel like we’ve just got over the last election before the next one looms? This week, yet again, there is talk of replacing three year parliamentary terms with four. Would it be better? Here’s the low down.
There are a number of factors that will make you ineligible for parliament… we’ve collated a handy list.
The handshakes, points, touches and other gestures that made a statement in Australian history.
Ahead of the UK election, what are the key similarities and differences between politics and parliaments in the UK and Australia.
Why does the Prime Minister of Australia sit at the table in the House of Representatives? No other PM does. A chance question led researcher Campbell to do some detective work, and in the process learn more about the shapes and settings of parliamentary chambers the world over.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MoAD) would like to congratulate all students who participated in the 2016 National History Challenge.
For those teachers and students who have done our Who’s the Boss program, you may have come across the trailblazing Senator Neville Bonner. In this program we celebrate Neville who, as Australia’s first Indigenous Senator, entered federal parliament in 1971; just 9 years after Indigenous Australians got the right to vote. Early this year, our knowledge of and connection with Neville was made even richer by his son Alfred’s donation of a bark painting depicting Neville’s life.
100 years ago Australia was divided over the issue of conscription. Australia was one of the few countries without conscription, and Prime Minister Billy Hughes was determined to introduce it. Guest blogger Professor Joan Beaumont examines why the popular and bombastic Hughes, a man used to getting his own way by hook or by crook, failed in his mission.
Last week we welcomed early learners and their parents to PLAY UP for a special National Reconciliation Week event introducing museum items and activities to this small but mighty audience.
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Democracy’ in the 2015 National History Challenge, Lauren Park from Pymble Ladies’ College.
The United Nations organisation established 70 years ago in 1945 had 51 member states. Today, there are close to 200. Nearly every nation on the planet.
The Museum is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Australian Democracy’ in the 2014 National History Challenge.
It’s not many twelve year olds who can say that their words have been collected by a national cultural institution but that is exactly what has happened to Adele, a student from Telopea Park School.
In 2015, for the first time, the Museum of Australian democracy at Old Parliament House is partnering with the Whitlam Institute to ask year 5-12 students in the ACT and NSW ‘What matters?’
Visitors to the Museum over the summer holidays may have been surprised to see that there was no mace in the House of Representatives.
What type of world do you live in? Our increasing interconnectivity through technology or international policy issues puts forward an argument that we need to look beyond our immediate surroundings: that we need to think Global.
The Lowy Institute Poll is a key element of the Lowy Institute, an independent, bi-partisan think tank which researchers and analyses international trends. One of its goals is to find out what Australians think about the world.
Ray Millikin, a teacher at the Orana Steiner School, is currently using the research collection at the museum to develop a unit of work on the Whitlam Dismissal for classroom use in the context of the Events in Australian Politics component of the new ACT Global Studies curriculum.