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On balance it sits well enough

Announcing the winner of the design competition for new Parliament House. Photo: Kate Callas
Announcing the winner of the design competition for new Parliament House. Photo: Kate Callas

TWENTY-FIVE years. That's more than half my life.

Yes, Parliament House is 25 years old. Or, should that be young?

Buildings are stages for humanity. The best public buildings are practical and aesthetic. They must simultaneously anticipate future needs, contextually incorporate the past and compliment their natural or urban surroundings.

As we blow out the candles for Parliament House, it's fair to ask if it achieves this. For the most part, I'd say yes. But not fully.

War And Pieces

The 8th Australian Light Horse breaks in remounts in Palestine in 1917.

A beautiful mosaic pilfered from the Palestinian front during World War I now hangs in Canberra’s Australian War Memorial, shoved awkwardly behind a newly built wall, testament to a growing national embarrassment. The mystery of Australia’s Elgin Marbles.

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