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Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia, located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. The building was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola & Thorp Architects and opened on 9 May 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II. It cost more than A$1.1 billion to build.
Federal Parliament meetings were first held in Melbourne until 1927. Between 1927 and 1988, the Parliament of Australia met in the Provisional Parliament House, which is now known as "Old Parliament House". Construction of Australia's permanent Parliament House was delayed while its location was debated. Construction of the new building began in 1981. The principal design of the structure is based on the shape of two boomerangs and is topped by an 81-metre (266 ft) flagpole.
|Address:||Parliament Drive, Parliament House, Great Hall, Capital Hill, 2600|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.307614|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Richard Yates|
|Monument Manufacturer:||Philip Mune|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 12th November, 1981|
This plaque was unveiled by
The Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, C.H., M.P.
on 12 November, 1981
to commemorate the start of building construction
of the new Parliament House
The Hon. Michael Hodgman, M.P. Minister for the Capital Territory
Sir Bernard Callinan, C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. Chairman
Parliament House Construction Authority