Australian Parliament House



In the remote Anangu-Pitjantjatjara Lands the night sky is a canopy of bright stars that form the Milky Way Galaxy. In her work Vicki captures the movement and energy of the majestic constellations, the changes in light, and an ever-changing universe that towers above a vast desert landscape.

Vicki Cullinan, Yankunytjatjara people
Kililpi unngu Munga Ilkari (Stars in the Night Sky) 2016
Parliament House Art Collection
Reproduced with permission of the artist and Iwantja Arts, Indulkana


Parliamentary Debates is the name given to the written record of everything that is said in the Senate, House of Representatives, and Federation Chamber – it is commonly referred to as Hansard. Hansard forms an integral part of the official record, enabling anyone to find out what was said about a proposed law or an issue addressed by the Parliament and what decisions are made by Parliament.

Hossein Valamanesh
Cover Story #1, 2017
Reproduced with the permission of the artist


The 11th of November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of hostilities on the Western Front in World War I. After the war the red poppy became a recognisable symbol of remembrance following the publication of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. James Guppy’s evocative painting of a single red poppy against a dark background is a silent tribute to the 62,000 Australians who fought and died in the Great War.

James Guppy
Red Poppy, 2005
Parliament House Art Collection
Reproduced with permission of the artist


The 9th of May 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of Australian Parliament House, which opened in 1988. To celebrate this milestone, one of Australia’s best loved and well-known artists, Ken Done has created a special birthday cake just for us. Make sure to join in the celebrations at Parliament House all throughout 2018 as we hit the big 30! Keep up-to-date with our special program of events and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Ken Done
Happy Birthday Parliament House, 2018
Reproduced with permission of the artist and Ken Done Gallery


In June 1988 former Prime Minister Bob Hawke attended the annual Barunga Festival, held near Katherine in the Northern Territory, where Galarrwuy Yunupingu (Northern Land Council chairman) and Wenten Rubuntja (Central Land Council chairman) presented him with two bark paintings and a statement calling for Government recognition of Indigenous owners’ rights. This year is the 30th anniversary of the presentation of the Barunga Statement to the Australian Parliament.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Gumatj people, Bakulangay Marawili, Madarrpa people, Djambawa Marawili, Madarrpa people, Marrirra Marawili, Madarrpa people, Djewiny Ngurruwuthun, Munyuku people, Wenten Rubuntja, Arrernte/Aranda peoples, Lindsay Jampijinpa, Warlpiri people, D. Williams Japanangka, Warlpiri people
Barunga statement, 1988
Parliament House Art Collection
Reproduced with permission from the Northern and Central Land Councils

Strange, Beautiful and Unexpected

The Electric Canvas interprets this year’s Enlighten theme throughout the Parliamentary Triangle via the medium of architectural projection. Australian Parliament House is the canvas for a stunning decorative treatment based on the style, mood and colours of the “Strange, Beautiful and Unexpected” series of projections.