Australia’s Parliament House is where the 226 senators and members of the House of Representatives meet to represent the Australian people. It is a place where decisions that shape the nation are made. It is also a site for welcoming overseas dignitaries, and for formal celebrations and memorials. Sometimes it can also be a place of protest.
From 1927 to 1988 the Australian Parliament met in Provisional (Old) Parliament House. This building was only meant to be a temporary home for the Parliament. By the 1980s it was far too small for the needs of the Parliament and a new building had to be built.