After spending two months in New Zealand, I flew on to Australia. One of my first stops in Australia was its unusual capital city,
Canberra. Australia, like the U.S., began as a group of colonies ruled by England. In 1901 the colonies united to form the nation
of Australia, and Canberra – a desolate site exactly halfway between Sydney and Melbourne – was selected to be its capital. Australia
adopted several elements of the U.S. political system, including a House and Senate (not to mention long-winded speeches). Here are
the Senate chambers in the Australian Parliament Building.