The Power of One Exhibition at the Old Parliament House adopts an artistic and interactive approach to engage the public in a reflective experience about Australian democracy. It caters for different generations of voters including Builders (1925-1945), Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1979), Generation Y (1980-1994) and Generation Z (1995-2010).

The Power of One

Pictures of different generations in Australia.

Power of One Exhibition

List showcasing the variety of voters in Australian democracy.

Viewers are able to leave a footprint at the exhibition gallery. Different generations can express their opinion regarding their roles as voters by recording a video using a smartphone, typing a computer message and recording a voice message. It is a unique experience for participants to be able to become a part of the exhibition, focusing on democracy and political participation.

Power of One Exhibition

A thought provoking question.

Power of One Exhibition

An interactive artwork encouraging public participation.


The exhibition is a walk through time to remind Australians of the democratic progress they have accomplished. Each room has a particular theme, with motifs symbolising the epoch of each generation. For Example, the Generation X room features a Pulp Fiction poster and  the  Generation Y space presents a variety of hanging ipods.

Power of One Exhibition

Momento for Boomers generation.

Power of One Exhibition

Hanging iPod feature in Generation Y space.

Josh Radford, a university student from Queensland,  believed the exhibition is relavant in the current political climate. 

“There is not enough transparency in politics. The two major parties oppose each other just for the sake of it instead of trying to reach a consensus.”  Josh plans to exert his political power in his vote to fight for regulated university fees.

“I like the decorations for Gen X a lot, it truly captivates the culture, spirit and ideology of the 80s,” said Dianne Ryan from New South Wales. “However, I belong to the Boomer generation.”

“After going to this exhibition, I will vote for a political party more carefully because every drop in the ocean counts,” reflected Dianne, “This exhibition is relatable, expressive and representative of each generation.”

Power of One Exhibition

Responses from different generations towards questions regarding Australian democracy.

Power of One Exhibition

Mementos of Generation X

The various responses from different generations towards questions reagrding Australian democracy and the defining decorations for Generation X.

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