The life and reign of Elizabeth II is closely connected to the history of Old Parliament House.
A royal tour is filled with grandeur and glamour; there’s gowns, tiaras, fancy state balls, and sometimes, even unicorns. Read on to discover how Canberra welcomed not only the Queen, but also mystical beasts from another land.
Numerous actors, musicians and sporting stars have a 'political career' subheading on their Wikipedia page, but some have been more successful than others.
Jagera man Neville Bonner AO was sworn into the Federal Senate 50 years ago, in August 1971, the first Indigenous federal parliamentarian in Australia.
In recent years, concern for the health of honeybees has sparked a rise in bee activism, helping to shine a spotlight on the challenges facing the world's bee population.
Is it compulsory to like compulsory voting? Because I haven’t decided if I like it yet.
Have you ever tried a haircut at home? Or do you prefer to leave it to the professionals?
Today, Dr Kerryn Phelps was officially sworn in as the Member for Wentworth in the House of Representatives.
Political leadership in Australia has been characterised by instability and rapid change since the Howard government fell in 2007.
You may have heard the news from the United States that voters are about to go to the polls in their ‘midterm elections’.
When Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney stepped over the threshold into Parliament House in 1943 they were late.
Seven Australian women outside politics
This speech by Stanley Melbourne Bruce has recently come into the Museum’s collection.
Does it ever feel like we’ve just got over the last election before the next one looms?
The question of dual citizenship and eligibility to sit in parliament has been a hot topic of late.
On 16 March 1973 the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1973 gave all Australians aged 18 years or older the right to vote. The first federal election at which all 18-year-olds could vote was held in May 1974.
William Ridley was a Presbyterian minister with an epic beard and an ear for languages.
Australia today is not a republic but its culture is in many respects republican.
Australia was one of the very few countries within the British Empire that failed to adopt conscription during World War I.
Polling day has become an Australian democratic institution.
During elections in Australia, we are bombarded with advertising and see politicians hitting the campaign trail. The handshakes, corflutes and baby-kissing are all part of the democratic process.
He had been around for a long time. He knew what was significant and what was not.
Fifty years ago, one of the most fundamental aspects of Australians’ lives underwent a radical transition.
The media is talking about ‘Estimates’ again.
Last week saw the launch of a new political party in Australia, John Madigan’s Manufacturing and Farming Party, by Senator Madigan of Victoria.
The history of the lavatories of Old Parliament House has inspired more scrutiny and newspaper ink than you might think. Especially for the women in the building.
Remember the days when people wrote with their bare hands? When there was a direct physical and mental connection between brain, body, ink and paper?
‘Bores are in a class of infinite variety. But the worst are those who occupy public time.’ So declared Sir George Reid (1845-1918), Australia’s fourth prime minister, who regarded politics as a battle of wits in more ways than one.
To those unfamiliar with the luminaries of the first two decades of Australian federal politics, even a casual glance at the photographs of the era’s protagonists reveals an obvious and unmistakable distinction from later generations of politicians.
Australia’s democracy is not static. Over the years, the way Australians have chosen their elected leaders has been constantly evolving.
As Australia went onto a war footing, seventy years ago the Australian Parliament readied itself for action.