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The leaders who shaped Australia's politics, from Federation to the present. Questions should pertain to their policies and laws, and their lives, both political and personal.

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What was Kevin Rudd's salary as a Prime Minister?

$330,300 as of July 1st 2007

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Who is the Prime Minister of Australia?

As a result of the Federal election held on 7 September 2013, the Prime Minister of Australia is Tony Abbott of the Liberal Party of Australia.

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Can you have a criminal record and still be prime minister of Australia?

NO.

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Did Kevin Rudd live in the parliament house?

When in Canberra, the Prime Minister of Australia lives in a residence separate from Parliament House. It's called the Lodge. The Prime Minister resides in this residence while Parliament is in session, but they often have their own house within their own electorate.

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Who was the first Prime Minister of Australia?

Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920) was the first Prime Minister of Australia upon Federation of the colonies in 1901.

Edmund Barton was from the Protectionist party. He served for 2 years, 8 months and 24 days. Barton resigned in 1903 and later went on to be Australia's first supreme court magistrate.

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What was Edmund Barton's favourite color?

Black

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How did Harold Holt disappear?

Harold Holt was Australia's Prime Minister from January 1966 to December 1967. Holt was notorious for the strange way in which he disappeared.

On 17 December 1967, Holt went swimming at Cheviot Beach near Portsea, on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne, Victoria. After plunging into the notoriously rough surf, Holt disappeared. He was never seen again, and there have been many theories regarding his fate since then. These theories include that he committed suicide, faked his own death in order to run away with his mistress, or that he was a Chinese spy.

However, the national Archives of Australia (see the related link below) indicate that "there has been no indication that the disappearance of the late Mr Holt was anything other than accidental".

Despite an extensive search, neither his body nor any trace of his clothes was ever found. He was officially presumed dead on 19 December 1967.

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Where was James Scullin Born?

Ferntree Gully Vic 3156 theres even a tree dedicated to him there come and vist

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Where did John Howard go to university?

Former Australian Prime Minister John howard went to the University of Sydney, where he studied law.

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When was Malcolm Turnbull born?

Malcolm Turnbull was born on October 24, 1954.

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How many terms did Alfred Deakin serve as prime minister?

Alfred Deakin served three separate terms as Australian Prime Minister:

  • September 1903 to 27 April 1904 (seven months)
  • 5 July 1905 to 10 November 1908 (three years and four months)
  • 29 April 1909 to 13 April 1910 (just under one year)
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Why was Gough Whitlam sacked?

This is an argument that could go on forever, but essentially, the Whitlam government lost control of the Senate and was subsequently unable to the get the "Budget" passed by the Senate. This resulted in a government with no operating capital with which to run the country. Since the elected government was unable to govern, the Governor-General "sacked" the Whitlam government on the 11th of November, 1975, and replaced them with a "Caretaker" government led by Malcolm Fraser. This was an extremely controversial action for a number of reasons, 1. that a non-elected government was running the country, and 2. that the course of action taken by the Governor-General was not enshrined in any legislation.

There was a TV Mini Series produced in 1983 called "The Dismissal" which documents the events of this tumultuous period of Australian history.

Malcom Fraser was blocking Gough Whitlams' wages bill to pay all the teachers, public servants etc. This is not to say that Malcom Fraser is not a nice person, but this was a political move. Gough Whitlam then suggested that they borrow money from the banks. Then the Governor General, who was biased towards the Opposition (Malcom Fraser and the Liberals) then sacked Gough Whitlam and his government, and appointed Malcom Fraser as caretaker prime minister. This was not the only reason that Gough Whitlam was sacked, other reasons include his ministers borrowing money from Middle Eastern governments.

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Did Julia Gillard make a speech telling Muslims to leave?

No. The speech theoretically given by Julia Gillard telling Muslims to leave Australia is incorrectly attributed and, additionally, quoted out of context. The "speech" comprises snippets of sentiments expressed in public forums shortly after the terrorist bombing of the subway in London in 2005, five years before Julia Gillard was even Australia's prime minister.

A similar speech was incorrectly attributed to former Prime Minister John Howard several years ago. See the related question below.

You may read more information at Snope's page at the related link, also listed below.

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How much does WEEI co host John Meterparel earn?

75000

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What party did Bob Hawke represent?

Bob Hawke represented the Australian Labor Party.

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When did television come to Australia?

16th September 1956 on TCN The Communications Network, Sydney

Bruce Gyngell spoke "Good evening and welcome to television"

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Has Gough Whitlam died?

No - he is still alive.

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Who was minister of food in 1946?

Rt Hon John Strachey

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Who was the Australian Prime Minister during World War 2?

There were five Prime Ministers of Australia during the course of WWII. As soon as Britain assumed war with Germany following Germanys' failure to abide by a British ultimatum to halt its invasion of Poland, Australia declared its allegiance to Britain and declared war on Germany also. This was on 3 Sept 1939. The war lasted until May 1945 in Europe and August 1945 in the Pacific theatre.

John Curtin served as PM for most of the war. The Prime Ministers were:

  • Menzies, Robert Gordon, 26 April 1939 to 29 Aug 1941, United Australia party
  • Fadden, Arthur W., 29 Aug 1941 to 7 Oct 1941, Country party
  • Curtin, John J., 7 Oct 1941 to 5 July 1945, Labor party
  • Forde, Francis M., 6 July 1945 to 13 July 1945, Labor party
  • Chifley, J. Ben, 13 July 1945 to 19 Dec 1949, Labor party

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What was John Adams's middle name?

John Adams , the second president , did not have a middle name. His son, John Quincy Adams, obviously had the middle name of Quincy.

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What did John Backus introduce in 1957?

FORTRAN was introduced by him in 1957.

he worked for three years on this subject and later invented it.

He was the leading member of the team of FORTRAN developers.

He started developing it in 1954 and completed it fully in 1957.

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Who succeeded Edmund barton as Australia's prime minister?

Edmund Barton was born in 1849 and died in 1920 and belonged to the Protectionist Party. Apart from being Australia's first Prime Minister from 1901-1903, he created the Federal Arbitration Court and the High Court of Australia. After he retired from politics, he became a High Court judge. He was succeeded by Alfred Deakin, also a Protectionist.

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What article of clothing did Australian prime minister Julia gillard recently lose after a scuffle outside an canberra restaurant?

Her shoe.

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Is Paul Keating Gay?

Of course not. Paul Keating was married for twenty-five years, and has four children.

There is no evidence to suggest he is gay

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How long can a prime minister stay in office?

They can technically stay in office for their whole lives - there is no upper limit, but they have to call an election every 4 years so other people can have a chance.
For as long as (s)he has the support of the House of Commons. In practical terms (s)he requires the support of the largest party or coalition and the population at large.

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