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Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 days: Ainslie to Watson


Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests.
Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you will also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting cultural [...]

Police welcome 20 new officers to ranks

ACT police graduates

ACT Policing has welcomed 20 new officers to its ranks following an attestation ceremony at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Barton on Friday.
In the first attestation for this year, 18 men and two women were officially sworn in as constables in front of family and friends.
The new officers range in age from 23 to [...]

What’s on in Canberra this Australia Day “long” weekend (22-26 January 2016)

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In this special edition, we cover this weekend and the Australia Day celebrations early next week. Our picks include: the National Museum’s Continuing Culture Australia Day Festival, the Australian of the Year Awards and Concert, the Great Aussie Day Breakfast and the CBR Hottest 100 Beach Party.

Encounters Tour
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, New [...]

Canberra Tales: Branding and the Parliamentary Gardens

By 6 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There are many tales to be told about the design and the delivery of Australia’s Parliament House. There is one that involves a very clever person who realised he had the opportunity to use an everyday object as part of his own business branding.
Way back when the architecture team was being put together by Mitchell [...]

Locals should be tram’s priority


Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Parking on the Hill – time to cough up the cash

By 21 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Paid parking across Canberra is not a new thing. Most parking lots have been user pays for some time now with the Parliamentary Triangle having paid parking introduced on October 1 this year. Parliament House is probably the only government institution to still have free parking available. There’s a real possibility that this is all [...]

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

Parliament to sit too long for the good that it does?*

By 3 December 2013

The ABC has a warning to all those Canberrans who feed the beast that Parliament might be made to death march through the holiday period to put some heat into the Coalitions debt ceiling and carbon tax plans:
He [Tony Abbott] raised the prospect of bringing Parliament back on December 16 for an extra week of [...]

Rally for Refugees at Parliament House

By 14 November 2013

The Refugee Action Committee, alongside several interstate groups, are rallying outside Parliament House on Monday 18th November at 1pm to show our opposition to how this and previous governments have treated refugees displaced by war and persecution.
There will also be an encirclement of Parliament House at 11am. Come along and lend your support.
- End detention [...]

Is it Mothageddon?

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Media worldwide are reporting on the annual bogong moth invasion of Canberra. I must admit, I haven’t really noticed, although they all say it’s mainly at Parliament house.
Anyone who works up there got any reports or photos of the invasion?
Great Britain
New Zealand
China (I think)
[Pictured above, seagulls chasing moths over Parliament House courtesy MartyO]

[Photo via [...]

So which woman is Michaelia Cash the Minister for?

By 23 September 2013

News have a fun goof by the nameplate makers up at Parliament House:
TWITTER was awash with incredulous chatter last night over what must be the typo of the year.
The new glass names plates for MPs at Parliament House in Canberra have gone up.
The only problem is, the one for Senator Michaelia Cash describes her as [...]

Parliament House. Images of Canberra


Daniel Simms has sent in this delightful picture of the Parliament House forecourt.
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Would you like some interpretive signs with your walk to Parliament House?

By 29 July 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced a piddling $200,000 will be spent on a pathway from Civic to Parliament House:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today joined Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, Catherine King, to announce the start of works on a dedicated pathway between Canberra’s city centre and Parliament House.
“I’m [...]

Want to get in on the Midwinter Ball Auction Action

By 12 June 2013

[ 19 June 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

The days when the likes of me were invited to the Press Gallery’s Midwinter Ball are long behind us.

But they are letting us know that there’s an ebay auction battle you can all place bids in:

Casting aside rivalries, our political leaders have generously donated themselves to be auctioned off online on eBay to help [...]

Labor packing up and moving out of Canberra?

By 6 June 2013

For mine it was game over for Labor when Prime Minister Gillard made her “Captain’s Pick” of Nova Peris to establish her “legacy”. Obviously the PM had seen the writing on the wall before that.
Today the Business Spectator reports that Labor MPs are already moving out of their Parliament House offices in anticipation of electoral [...]

Budget goodies for Canberra in the budget.

By 14 May 2013

Taking a browse through Budget Paper 2 we find:
For the Hospital:
The Government will contribute $5.0 million to the Australian Capital Territory in 2014-15 towards the development of a dedicated service for children within the Emergency Department of the Canberra Hospital. This will help streamline and better coordinate paediatric emergency and inpatient services for around 15,000 [...]

Anniversary coins for Parliament House

By 8 May 2013

With Parliament House turning 25 tomorrow AAP have pictures of the commemorative coins.
Pretty sure those $5 jobbies won’t pay for the parking.
But the 20c will be worth keeping an eye out for.

Parliament House is 25 years and one day old, here’s a video

By 6 May 2013

To celebrate the house in the hill’s 25th birthday, a video about Parliament House that is exactly as interesting as Parliament House has been released.
They won’t let me embed it, so here’s a link.

How do you like wood?

By 19 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Planet Ark are launching a campaign to get people to use more wood in their homes.
But they’re mashing up our own Parliament House to do so, hence the local interest.
It’s Parliament House as you’ve never seen it. In a striking digital makeover, the external concrete masonry has been replaced by more environmentally-friendly wood panelling.
The creative [...]

How to improve the Government experience?

By 21 January 2013

Government News brings word that Parliament House is trying to figure out how to be more appealing to the tourists.
Quite possibly an unintended consequence of the Museum of Australian Democracy opening is a pull on the time of the politically minded tourist.
(And the portrait gallery remains the best historical lens available in Canberra.)
Any thoughts?

Fire at Parliament House

By 29 November 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue has responded to an automatic fire alarm call to Parliament House this afternoon.
Fire crews arrived to find a fire had ignited within the Great Hall near the front public entrance to the building but had been extinguished by on site security staff.
The fire in a curtin is believed to have been [...]

Hercules overflight Friday

By 20 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Defence are giving notice that the RAAF’s retiring C-130H Hercules will be flying down Anzac Parade on Friday as part of their last hurrah:
One C-130H will conduct a flypast of Canberra at 3.20pm, approaching Mt Ainslie from the North/North East before overflying the Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade at 175 metres altitude.
It will then [...]

2013 Parliamentary Sittings

By 1 November 2012

The 2013 sitting calendar has just been released but is not yet on the APH website (  I’ll post the link when it comes available.
There are 19 sitting weeks in total (including Senate Estimates and AEs), commencing 5 February 2013.  There will also be an election in there somewhere – the effect of that on [...]

Sunset with a sneaky flagpole. Image of Canberra

By 24 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Kim has sent this lovely sunset sky in with this note:
Another sunset
But if you look closely, you’ll spot the Parliament House flag
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Rally for West Papua at Parliament House

By 13 September 2012

I fear West Papua is as lost a cause as they get. But if you’re more into the justice of the thing we have word of a rally at Parliament House on 18 September at 11.30am.
The West Papua community in Australia wishes to highlight the nearby and ongoing state violence in Indonesia’s troubled province of [...]

Parliament House visitation in free fall

By 21 May 2012

Senator Humphries is very concerned that Parliament House visitor numbers are the lowest in the building’s history:
Under questioning from ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries, the heads of the Department of Parliamentary Services confirmed that the budget available to promote Parliament as a destination to visit and learn from in Canberra was almost non-existent.
“The fact is [...]

Sunset over Parliament. Images of Canberra


Rob has sent in the view from Kingston, which we have to say is rather fetching.
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Rhys Muldoon on the Coup in Canberra

By 18 April 2012

The Monthly has a lengthy piece by the entertainer Rhys Muldoon on the demise of Kevin Rudd.
Once you get over the initial surprise at just how close to the inner wheel Muldoon was rotating it’s a pretty good look at how life on the hill works, and worked that fateful night.

Sunrise over Parliament House. Images of Canberra

By 27 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Ian H has sent in this marvellous panorama shot taken on Sunday morning of a heliotrope sunrise over Parliament House and Lake Burley Griffin.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

Parliament House protests

By 27 January 2012

Apparently there are protesters marching on Parliament House and burning a flag out the front as a result of what went down yesterday.
Anyone know whats going on?

ED – Socket Gar’eh has sent in these pictures taken from the bus on Commonwealth Avenue with this note:
Hey Johnboy, was on the bus around 2.15pm rounding Parliament House [...]

Canberra’s flagpole? Or a national symbol?

By 25 January 2012

Back where I originate from, some community minded types have decided to redesign the local clock tower.
Putting aside the rest of the aesthetics of LED screens and what have you, they have proposed to drop a flagpole on the top that looks like a miniature version of the one we have atop Parliament House.
Does this [...]

A handset for your mobile phone? [With poll]

By 10 November 2011

NineMSN have the peculiar news that the accessory du jour in Parliament House is a retro styled handset for one’s mobile phone to shift the radiation from the vicinity of the brain.
This still doesn’t help most of us men who keep our phones next to our balls, or the vast majority of normal humans who [...]

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