Special Release By Australia Post To Celebrate Tasmanian Parliament's 150th Anniversary (19 April 2006) In a ceremony at Parliament House, Mr Lennon said the special envelope was a fitting way of recognising the milestone, shared with New South Wales and Victoria.
Exhibition of Portraits of Former Premiers of Tasmania
The Premier will be opening an exhibition of portraits of former Premiers of Tasmania this Friday 2 June. This event is part of celebrations marking the sesquicentenary of bicameral Parliament and responsible Government.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Mondays to Fridays 0900-1700 from 5 June until 21 July.
High School Historical Inquiry Competition - 22 June to18 August (competition closes)
Grade 9 and 10 students have the chance to be involved in a creative writing competition based on What event or person has significantly impacted on the Tasmanian Parliament over its 150 year history? Students are required to conduct an historical inquiry, to be presented in the form of an essay, or in other forms such as a narrative, report, web page, digital presentation, collection of annotated artefacts etc. The papers will be judged by the Education Department who will form a shortlist. The winners will then be chosen by senior Parliamentary staff. There will be four winners, who will win a trip to visit the Victorian Parliament to observe how things operate there.
Historic Launceston Sitting of State Parliament
Both Houses of the Tasmanian Parliament will have an historic sitting in Launceston as part of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of parliamentary democracy in the State. Members of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council would convene at the Albert Hall from October 17-19 for the first sitting of the Tasmanian Parliament ever to take place outside Hobart. More details...
Rock Parliament Concert - 19 November
A free, open-air rock concert will be held on the Parliament House lawns as part of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of free Government in Tasmania. Mr Lennon said the afternoon concert, to be known as ‘Live At The House', would cater for a variety of tastes and feature local, national and international acts over six hours on November 19.
The over-18-only event will be held from 1-7pm and the headline act will be Sydney-based band Lior, featuring a blend of styles with a blues-roots base. Support acts will be Canadian vocal sensation Serena Ryder, the explosive funk soul sound of the Melbourne-based Josh Owens Band and fellow Melbourne group Bomba, featuring funk reggae underpinned by calypso beats.
“We want to take the opportunity of the 150th anniversary of bicameral Parliament and responsible Government in Tasmania to develop a program of events to re-engage the community with democratic processes,” Mr Lennon said. “The concert is a fun way of celebrating this milestone in Tasmania's history.
“The Parliament lawns are a meeting place for people from all walks of life and the concert will be an exciting way for Tasmanians to come together and enjoy our surroundings while experiencing a series of great live performances. “The concert will also feature three original Tasmania bands in the line-up and at least one will becoming from the finalists of Campus Band Competition Final in Launceston. Any one interested in performing can contact David Quinn on 6226 7861 for more information regarding submissions. The free ‘Live At The House' tickets will be available from October 9 online at www.events.tas.gov.au and can then be collected from a nominated Service Tasmania outlet.Tickets can also be booked and collected in person from the University Union in Hobart.
Time Capsule - 18 September to 2 December
Primary Schools to be asked to select two items to illustrate what democracy represents to them. Either A4 size documents or artefacts no bigger than a pack of cards. Two children from each branch to be present at burial of time capsule. Items to be dropped off at branch offices by schools by the beginning of November. Branches to be responsible for selecting the students. Capsule to be buried beneath Parliament House on 2 December Capsule will be opened at the Bicentenary.
Parliamentary Open Day - 2 December
Ceremonial Opening of Parliament. This is the actual anniversary day. Designed to achieve maximum level of public participation in the celebrations. Have a picnic style afternoon with local talent performing as entertainment. Premier will also unveil a plaque to be situated inside the Parliament foyer. Guests to include public as well as MP's. The time capsule will also be buried on the day, with Primary School students it attendance . A State dinner to be held at the Grand Chancellor to celebrate the 2006 Sesquicentenary of Bicameral Parliament and responsible Government.