Today, after meetings and a short trip to the Senate, I stopped and took a series of pictures of the interior of the building. I also asked the attendants if I could take pictures of some of the portraits.
Clifton Pugh's 1972 winning portrait of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam is immediately recognizable to most Australians.
For those not familiar with Canberra - here is a quick mind blowing 2 minute tour - with some beautiful scenes of the parliament.
|Ben Chiefly 1945-49|
|Bob Menzies 1939-41, 1949-66|
|Bob Hawke 1983-91|
|Malcolm Fraser 1975-83|
|William McMahon 1971-72|
|Paul Keating 1991-96|
|John Howard 1996-2007|
The new parliament house is superb - but it is not quite what the designers intended. Here is a 1 1/2 view of what it might have looked like.