Exhibitions on Display

The public areas of Parliament House feature a number of permanent exhibitions on Australia’s parliamentary representatives and the work of the federal Parliament. Open daily, 9.00am to 5.00 pm.

Women in Federal Parliament

Women in Federal Parliament

I am well aware that, as I acquit myself in the work that I have undertaken for the next three years, so shall I either prejudice or enhance the prospects of those women who may wish to follow me in public service in the years to come.

So spoke Dame Edith Lyons, first female member of the House of Representatives, in her first speech to the House in 1943. And follow her they did. This photographic display, with images chosen in many cases by the members and senators themselves, celebrates all women who have served in the federal Parliament.

Magna Carta

Magna Carta exhibition

What has a water-stained 700 year old manuscript in medieval Latin got to do with you? Trial by jury, rule by law, representative democracy, no taxation without representation and an end to the absolute power of kings. Big ideas have flowed from one small page.

The Magna Carta is now in a new interpretive display with a touchscreen of the full English translation. Come and see a document that has changed the world.

Making Laws

Making Laws Exhibition Logo

The Parliament makes laws for the ‘peace, order, and good government’ of Australia. From the landmark Mabo legislation, gun control measures introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur shootings to legislation enabling financial assistance to disaster-affected regions, the Parliament makes laws in response to national events, issues and needs. How are these laws made and how can the community’s voice be heard? This exhibition documents the important law-making work of the Australian Parliament.

Meet your senators and members

Meet Your Senator

On these touchscreen kiosks you can find profiles on your local member and state senators, photos of their activities and their answers to some serious and not-so-serious questions on their life and work.

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