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Cabinet Room Chair #2002-1039

Swivel open armchair; overstuffed grooved seat and back with padded arms, upholstered in green textile; plain metal arm supports, raised on a cross stretcher base with four castors.

History

This chair was used as one the Cabinet room chairs in the Cabinet Room (M88) at the Provisional Parliament House. These green chairs were the last set used at the Provisional Parliament House and were used by Bob Hawke’s Ministry. Cabinet is the group of senior Ministers who meet to make nearly all the major decisions of government. Cabinet meetings are confidential and secret; even new governments are not allowed to see the records of a previous government’s meetings, as records of decisions are not released for 20 years and the Cabinet notebooks for 30 years. Until changes to the Archives Act in 2010, these closed periods were even longer. The change to access periods is being phased in over a ten-year period. Sitting at the Cabinet table, members of the government can argue and disagree, but when decisions are debated openly in Parliament the government presents a united voice.

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This Cabinet room chair is significant through its association with Cabinet meetings and the Cabinet room itself. Many of the decisions made sitting at the Cabinet table still have an effect upon all Australians, our democratic society, and our relationship with the rest of the world. The Cabinet room chair is significant through its association with important people in Australian political history: Prime Minister’s Gough Whitlam (1972 - 1975), Malcolm Fraser (1975 - 1983) and Bob Hawke (1983 - 1991) and their Cabinet Ministers.

This Cabinet room chair is significant as a component of the Heritage Collection, which comprises those pieces of furniture which were used in the Provisional Parliament House between 1924 and 1988. The collection has associations with the process of government, the ceremonial, administrative, promotional and recreational functions conducted within the building, and with the individuals who governed Australia between 1927 and 1988. The Old Parliament House building has a richness of internal fabric and collections that convey the way in which parliamentary functions were conducted, the everyday use of the building, and the hierarchical nature of parliamentary staffing practices.

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Details

Width 640mm
Height 1025mm
Depth 660mm
Medium Metal; textile; plastic
Creator’s name Sturdy Framac
Date created Early 1970s