Canberra to have a museum of democracy

johnboy 18 February 2009 27

SMOS, aka Special Minister of State Senator John Faulkner, has announced that Old Parliament House is being converted to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

    The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will be the only museum in Australia dedicated to telling the story of Australian democracy. Throughout the House visitors will be able to celebrate and consider the history and distinctive character of Australian democracy while continuing to enjoy the history and heritage of the building.

    This major redevelopment will include new exhibitions in the former Parliamentary Library, interactive technology and substantial enhancements to the visitor experience throughout the House. The utmost care will continue to be taken to preserve the unique historical and architectural significance of Old Parliament House.

    “The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House will encourage visitors to understand and participate in our democracy, by showing that democracy is about ordinary people using their voice to do extraordinary things. Visitors will discover that democracy isn’t words on a page, or numbers on a ballot paper, but a day-to-day lived experience.”

I guess only time will tell if this will be a museum dedicated to the greater glory of our political classes, or something more worthwhile.


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peterh peterh 11:16 am 19 Feb 09

shame that the griffin centre wall with “export fraser, not uranium” got torn down. Now that is a museum piece…

Granny Granny 11:03 am 19 Feb 09

Oh, c’mon! Someone must have the pants!! Keep checking eBay … I reckon she’s just waiting for the right moment!

; )

Primal Primal 10:04 am 19 Feb 09

Could be great, could be sucky. I’m willing to wait and see.

ramblingted ramblingted 7:07 am 19 Feb 09

We’ve got the whiteboard, but think the pants are still MIA

Granny Granny 11:23 pm 18 Feb 09

I reckon I’d pay to see both Ros Kelly’s whiteboard and Malcolm Fraser’s pants.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 10:17 pm 18 Feb 09

…a list of John Howard’s Core/Non-Core promises?

…the mini Japanese sub that nicked Holt?

…remnants from the “Tree of Knowledge

…”King” O’Malley’s sense of humour

…Bob Hawke’s “last beer” (or bottle of tears)

imhotep imhotep 9:31 pm 18 Feb 09

Thumper said :

“Malcolm Fraser’s pants?”

LOL. I’d love to know the truth behind THAT one.

Thumper Thumper 9:28 pm 18 Feb 09

Malcolm Fraser’s pants?

caf caf 9:25 pm 18 Feb 09

Alexander Downer’s fishnets?

imhotep imhotep 9:22 pm 18 Feb 09

ramblingted said :

“Maybe John Kerr’s tophat?”

“Leaping” Leo Macleay’s bicycle?
John Brown’s desk?
Ros Kelly’s whiteboard?
Belinda Neal’s copy of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ (as new!)

johnboy johnboy 9:15 pm 18 Feb 09

LlamaFrog said :

strange this is all over twitter, I guess everybody agrees that canberra needs another museum that no-one will visit. will this not clear out half the crap at the National Museum what exactly will democracy museum contain?

Twitter’s not much of a mark of the significance of news as much as its resonance.

Thumper Thumper 9:04 pm 18 Feb 09

Maybe John Kerr’s tophat?

Hahahahahaha. That is gear…

ramblingted ramblingted 9:02 pm 18 Feb 09

Maybe John Kerr’s tophat?

LlamaFrog LlamaFrog 8:47 pm 18 Feb 09

strange this is all over twitter, I guess everybody agrees that canberra needs another museum that no-one will visit. will this not clear out half the crap at the National Museum what exactly will democracy museum contain?

Thumper Thumper 8:35 pm 18 Feb 09

We can live in hope….

imhotep imhotep 8:11 pm 18 Feb 09

Thumper said :

(Thumper) …”agreeable to this as as long as it is apolitical.”

Yes, but what are the odds Thumper? I bet there’ll be a lot of Chifley and Gough, not too much Menzies or Fraser.

Interesting to see how they handle ‘The Dismissal’.
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Thumper Thumper 7:39 pm 18 Feb 09

Good adaptive reuse. I’m quite agreeable to this as long as it is apolitical.

cranky cranky 6:42 pm 18 Feb 09

Great thing, this democracy.

Where unelected public servants can decree that the electors are NOT to use the grounds of the Democracy Museum for anything except Aboriginal protest.

Ya gotta love it.

Granny Granny 6:29 pm 18 Feb 09

Does this mean that democracy is a thing of the past?

peterh peterh 5:45 pm 18 Feb 09

does that mean that they will dump resin onto the tent embassy to preserve it for future australians too?

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