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.
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.