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Working at Parliament House - the bubble within the bubble

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Many commentators talk about the Canberra bubble. You know, that place where federal politicians, ministerial and backbench staff, public servants, media operatives, and lobbyists live, work or traipse weekly. It is suggested that, in this atypical one-industry town, these groups are disconnected from the rest of Australia, physically, psychologically and demographically.

Parliament House needs a revamp. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

And perhaps the most isolated bubble of all is Parliament House - where they congregate, parade and wheel and deal.

For unlike its state and territory counterparts, Commonwealth Parliament is located away from the city, shops, services and most importantly just ordinary people. It is the isolated centre of an isolated centre.

You need a car to get away from Parliament to access any services.

But everything about Parliament and its functioning mitigates against leaving and therefore reinforces the isolation - the sense that nothing else counts except what is happening inside the........

© Canberra Times