Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Parliament House Tour

17 June 2015
Kristen says...

A few weeks ago Chris and I decided to educate ourselves on the Australian governmental system with a trip to Parliament House.

Not surprisingly we learned QUITE a bit, which wasn't too hard because we knew basically nothing going in.

Here are a few fun tidbits I learned.

-The Parliament of Australia was created by including elements of the governments of the UK, US and Sweden.

-They have a bicameral (two-sided) legislature comprised of a House of Representatives and a Senate.

-The House and Senate are represented by colors. The green of the House is based on the color of the Eucalyptus leaves, and the red/maroon of the Senate represents Uluru/the color of the soil here.

-Every afternoon the House and Senate hold "Question Time" which is open to the public (free tickets available upon request) and televised on free TV. The press sits in the seats behind the large wooden chairs, reportedly because a leader of the past "didn't want to see them".

It was a really interesting tour and I really enjoyed it! We even got to see an original copy of the Magna Carta, complete with official seal!

Yay learning!!


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