The Key to Your House

Parliament is the house of the people – it is made up of members of Parliament who are elected to represent you. Although many people visit Parliament House each year, many more have never been and do not realise that they can have an impact on the parliamentary process.

The Key to Your House is your invitation to come inside the People’s House and learn about some of the quirky facts, the roles of both members and staff who work inside the building and most importantly – how you can participate in the parliamentary process.

The key in the logo is the actual key to Parliament House which was presented by the former President of the Legislative Council, Sir George Shenton to the then Premier, Sir Walter James at the opening of the new Houses of Parliament in 1904.

This 13-part series was produced in 2017 by Parliament House in partnership with West TV channel 44.

Individual student activity pages, linked to the Western Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum, have been created to use as companion study guides for each episode. These resources are highly effective as self-contained individual lessons, or alternatively, they can be used chronologically to accompany each episode as an entire term’s program of work. The linked teacher’s guide provides answers to all the questions along with suggested extension tasks and teaching delivery modes.

Teacher's study guide

Are the lifts in Parliament house foyer made of Gold? An insightful and humorous episode which responds to the question most asked by visitors to Parliament House.

How can you have your say? Voting, protests, petitions, questions to Parliament, submissions to a Parliamentary Committee, and lobbying your local member of Parliament are just some ways of having your voice heard.

While Parliamentary Question Time can be very entertaining, Parliamentary Process explores other business undertaken in Parliament.

Did you know that the Premier is not the head of the Parliament? Key People in Parliament introduces you to the people who maintain the noble traditions of Parliament and those who keep the building in working order for Members and visitors.

A swan might look like it is calmly gliding over the water but underneath its feet are paddling furiously. The same could be said for a Typical Sitting Day. It might look calm on the surface but this episode reveals that behind the scenes there is an incredible amount of work going on to meet the requirements of the day.

Are Members of Parliament dedicated, hardworking servants of the people or just a group who sit in a room and shout at each other? This episode examines a day in the life of two Members of Parliament, exploring the different challenges they face in balancing the requirements of an electorate larger than Portugal and a smaller city electorate of 28 square kilometres.

Although Western Australia has a relatively small population compared with the other states of Australia, it has a remarkable list of Parliamentary Firsts. This episode identifies who these people are and their incredible list of achievements.

The right for women to vote and stand for State Parliament was achieved in a hostile and vocal environment. Women in Parliament explores the struggle and achievements of a number of courageous and pioneering women Parliamentarians.

So many Western Australian families have suffered the horror of war. Parliament at War reflects on the contribution of Parliament and its Members during wartime, and also the challenges faced by the community at that time.

History of the Building explores the early Edwardian architectural style of Parliament House through to the post-war modern style of the 1960s, reflecting changing social circumstances and architectural trends in this State throughout the 20th Century.

Carol Martin, former Member for Kimberley and first female Aboriginal Member of an Australian Parliament, speaks to the Parliament House Aboriginal Art Collection. Honouring Aboriginal people throughout the State, the collection reflects time, story and culture.

The Parliament of Western Australia hosts one of the largest collections of local artists of any Parliament in Australia. This episode takes the viewer on a journey through the different regions of the State, its buildings, landscapes, and flora and fauna, during the latter half of the 20th Century.

Episode 13 - The Journey to Serve

Part 1
Part 2
The journey to serve explores a member’s journey to politics; the toll politics can take on a member and their family; misconceptions of Parliament and how these can be overcome; and what representation means for various Members of Parliament.