Museum of Australian Democracy

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King George Terrace, Canberra, Australia - 02 6270 8222

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Step back into history May 31, 2011
What a great step back into history for only a small $2 charge. When you enter the building that houses the Museum of Australian Democracy, you will be amazed that an entire government was actually run out of the cramped quarters. You can take a guided tour of about 90% of the building that is being still renovated. The building is open to the public and you are free to wander about as you please. There are some really terrific exhibitions too such as the opposition's party room and the press gallery. You can see real life stories of ordinary people who actually shaped Australia and the modern society. You can hear stories of people like Helen Spence who fought for women’s rights and Eddie Mabo who won legal recognition of his people’s land.

The tour guide was very friendly and took us to many nooks and crannies of the building. I think the most interesting part had to be the interactive part when we got to go into the Prime Ministers Cabinet room and participated in a real debate which Australia was engaged in 40 years or so prior. The issue of the day was about the immigrants trying to come to Australia during the 70’s. This was just great. A multimedia presentation along with conversations and debate with others on the tour highlighted the tour. This was an outstanding experience into what was going on during this crisis in the country. The actual outcome/decision made was opposite of what I would have done, but I am glad that Australia decided to open her heart and country to people in distress.

Other parts of the tour included the senate party room which still reeks of smoke!! The PM’s office, with the peep hole in the bookcase as well as window looking out towards the street, offer great conversations about how things were done back then. I guess they didn’t worry as much about security of their highest ranking political leader. I highly recommended a visit here. They are opened 9-5 daily.
The old Parliament House
Old Parliament House
look out towards the war memerial
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