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The New Parliament House Jig

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The New Parliament House Jig
64 Bar Jig For 3 Trios, Devised By John Colville, 1980.

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This dance, The New Parliament House Jig, was devised in Australia and you may wonder why three gentlemen and six ladies dance it?

The middle gentleman is the Speaker of the Parliament, the other two gentlemen are the Territories in the country and the six ladies are the States that together make up Australia.


Parliament House is the meeting place of the Parliament of Australia, located in Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The building (now known as New Parliament House) was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp Architects and built by a Concrete Constructions and John Holland joint venture (the winners of a two-stage competition started in 1978 by the Fraser government). It was opened on 9 May 1988 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia and cost more than A$1.1 billion to build.

Federal Parliament meetings were 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.

Parliament House contains 4,700 rooms, and many areas are open to the public. The main foyer contains a marble staircase and leads to the Great Hall, which has a large tapestry on display. The House of Representatives chamber is decorated green, while the Senate chamber has a red colour scheme. Between the two chambers is the Members' Hall, which has a water feature and is not open to the public. The Ministerial Wing houses the Prime Minister's Office and other ministerial offices.

New Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
New Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Dance Information From New Parliament House Jig, Dancing Forth, 2009 Video On YouTube.
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