At the foot of Capital Hill is the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, a grand, white Neoclassical wedding cake of a building, in use between 1927 and 1988. Hourly tours show just how crowded and inconvenient the building actually was, all imposingly gloomy, Victorian-style wood panelling and moulded plaster, though the leather seats in the old senate are pretty comfortable.

Outside, you can wander in the adjacent Senate Rose Garden, or take a look at the so-called Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawn in front, which has been here, on and off, since 1972 and serves as a focus for the million-odd representatives of Australia’s oldest culture – you’ll be welcomed for a cup of tea and a (political) chat.

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