Capital of the National
Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
41Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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First up was a trip to what they call the new Parliament House for a tour. The building was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects (won contract-from the USA) and opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. We ordered tickets for a chance to sit through "question time". At this time Senators and Members address questions to the Prime Minister and other ministers. It was very interesting to watch the government in action.
We visited the National Museum of Australia whichs preserves and interprets Australia's social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation
Next the High Court of Australia which is the supreme court in the Australian court hierarchy and the final court of appeal in Australia. It has both original and appellate jurisdiction, has the power of judicial review over laws passed by the Parliament of Australia and the parliaments of the States, and interprets the Constitution of Australia.
The next day we stopped at the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House (which is now a museum).
Our last stop was the Australian War Memorial which is the countries national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum. The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.