Why is there more than one clock in the House of Representatives, behind the Speaker's chair?

Thanks for your question, Catherine. This was a tricky one and we had to go to the Serjeant-at-Arms for some help.

Parliament House has more than 2700 clocks. They all tell the time and most of them are also used to signal divisions in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

But the clocks in the Senate and House are different from other clocks in the building. They tell the time and count down the time left to give a speech.

The reason there are 2 clocks behind the Speaker of the House of Representatives’s chair is so that the space is symmetrical. Symmetry is an important part of the design of Parliament House.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Speaker's chair. There is a carving of leaves in the wood behind him.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Speaker's chair. There is a carving of leaves in the wood behind him.

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A man in a suit sits in a large green chair in front of a carved wooden screen. Two people in black robes sit at a table below him. There are books, boxes and sand timers on the table.