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47). Australian Parliament Building    Canberra, Australia (February 2002)

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 -- exactly midway between Sydney and Melbourne -- was selected to be the capital.   Australia adopted several elements of the U.S. political system, including a House and Senate (not to mention pork and long-winded speeches).  Here's the Senate chambers in the Parliament Building.