The Key to Your House

1 Season

The Key to Your House is a 12 part documentary that delves into the history and inner workings of Parliament House. Named after a historic key presented to the Hon Sir Walter James MLA, Premier of Western Australia, on the opening of the new Parliament building in 1904, the program is a joint initiative between the Parliament of Western Australia and West Television (Channel 44). Deeply reflective and undisguised in its honesty, it unlocks the mystery and mystique of Parliament House. Through social commentary it explores the impact of war, geographical isolation and changing economic times on the community of Western Australia.

Season 1


Key people 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.


Typical sitting day 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 […]


Day in the life of a Member of Parliament 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 […]


Parliamentary firsts. 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.


Women in Parliament. 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.


Parliament at War. 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 and gardens. 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.


Art- Aboriginal. 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.


Art – General. 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.

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