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Budget 2006: Old Parliament House: the gallery of Australian democracy.



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OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE—THE GALLERY OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY

The Australian Government has committed $31.5 million over four years to enhance the role of Old Parliament House (OPH) as the premier institution interpreting Australia’s political history.

“The creation of a Gallery of Australian Democracy will feature an Australian Prime Minister’s Centre, and will further enhance the OPH visitor experience following the completion of the National Portrait Gallery’s new building in 2008 and will fulfil the Government’s 2004

election commitment to develop OPH as a leading tourist destination,” said the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp.

“It will deliver a comprehensive programme of exhibitions, education, research and scholarship, as well as outreach activities.”

The Gallery of Australian Democracy will feature an Australian Prime Minister’s Centre, and will include a combination of both permanent/long term and temporary exhibitions celebrating the role of Australian Prime Ministers and their Governments. It will build on OPH’s experience in translating political history and culture to a

wide range of visitors.

A reading room and reference services will initially be established within the Senate Wing of OPH, later moving to a refurbished House of Representatives wing. The dedicated reading room and reference services will facilitate access to the broad range of material held by the national collecting institutions about Australia’s Prime Ministers and their governments. It will provide a focal point for scholarship in this area with the provision of a research fellows programme and resulting publications and lecture series.

School and community education programmes will also be developed to encourage further audience growth and promote awareness of significant aspects of Australia’s history.

The national collecting institutions will have a key role in the development of the Gallery of Australian Democracy. Exhibitions,

research and public programmes will be developed by OPH in partnership with the national collecting institutions and other organisations such as other collecting and research institutions.

“The Gallery of Australian Democracy will cement OPH as the home of parliamentary democracy and a symbol of Australian heritage. It will ensure that the people of Australia and international visitors are

able to enjoy, appreciate and understand the building, and its significance and contribution to the nation,” Senator Kemp said.

Supporting Information

Why is this important?

• The Gallery of Australian Democracy will offset the impact of the departure from OPH of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in 2008 and fulfil the Government’s 2004 election commitment to develop OPH as a leading tourist destination.

• OPH will deliver a comprehensive program of exhibitions, education, research and scholarship, and outreach activities.

Who will benefit?

• The Australian public.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

• $31.5 million over four years, including $15.2 million in capital funding to refurbish areas within OPH.

What have we done in the past?

• The proposal will build significantly on OPH’s current exhibition, education and outreach programmes.

When will the initiative conclude?

• 2009-10.

[9] May 2006 Media contact: Michael Christo, Minister’s Office 03 9650 7274 or 0409 040276